- 27 Jun 2016 9:01 AM
During this period, Szabadság Bridge will be fully closed to trams and car traffic as well since the deteriorated tram tracks on Bartók Béla út between Móricz Zsigmond körtér and Szent Gellért tér will be refurbished. At the same time, a total of 35 tram stop platforms will be made accessible on Fehérvári út and Bartók Béla út.
Trams will be out of service on these route sections to be replaced by mostly low-floor, air-conditioned buses crossing Erzsébet Bridge instead of Szabadság Bridge. BKK recommends metro line M4 which will operate more frequently. For those coming from South Buda, Fővám tér and Kálvin tér are best reached by metro M4 while replacement bus services are the best choice for those headed to Astoria or Deák Ferenc tér.
Road traffic restrictions will also be in place at Szent Gellért tér, on Bartók Béla út, Móricz Zsigmond körtér as well as on Fehérvári út. BKK does its best to cause as little inconvenience to passengers as possible and provides information about the changes on all concerned services, information boards will be placed at the relevant stops with travel options and 30 thousand flyers will be handed out on site in the first few days of the changes.
BKK staff will also assist customers on the spot at major transport hubs.
Tram services on the affected lines
During the summer school holiday period there will be no tram service
on tram lines serving Bartók Béla út between Kelenföld vasútállomás (railway station) and Rudas Gyógyfürdő (line 19) and Deák Ferenc tér (line 49)
on tram lines serving Fehérvári út between the South Buda terminuses and Móricz Zsigmond körtér (line 17), Rudas Gyógyfürdő (line 41) and Deák Ferenc tér (lines 47 and 48)
Tram line 17 operates between Bécsi út/Vörösvári út and Móricz Zsigmond körtér while tram lines 19 and 41 run only between Bécsi út/Vörösvári út and Rudas Gyógyfürdő. Trams 47 and 49 are replaced by buses on the full length of the lines. Trams 56 and 56A run between Hűvösvölgytől and Rudas Gyógyfürdőig while tram 61 operates between Hűvösvölgy and the Móricz Zsigmond körtér terminus located in Villányi út. In other words, all tram lines operating in Buda will be affected with the exception of lines 59 and 59A.
Passengers wishing to go to areas in South Buda not served by trams need to use the following replacement services:
to reach Savoya Park please take bus 17, to Kamaraerdei Ifjúsági Park take bus 41, both departing from Móricz Zsigmond körtér M
bus 47 runs between Deák Ferenc tér M and Városház tér via Erzsébet híd
bus 49 runs between Kelenföld vasútállomás M and Deák Ferenc tér M also via Erzsébet híd
bus 48 runs between Deák Ferenc tér M and Fővám tér M
The majority of replacement buses are low-floor, air-conditioned vehicles compliant with modern emission norms.
During the tram replacement period, metro line M4 covering some parts of the closed tram route sections will run more frequently, furthermore buses 133E will also stop at the Rudas gyógyfürdő stop to provide better connections to South Buda.
Regular as well as replacement bus lines will be diverted to Szerémi út due to the closure of Fehérvári út in the vicinity of Mezőkövesd út as construction will be carried out in front of Budafok kocsiszín (tram depot). Due to platform construction works, the section of Fehérvári út between Vegyész utca and Építész utca will be open only to traffic going to the city centre.
Accessibility of major transport hubs by public transport
Deák Ferenc tér M
To reach South Buda from the square quickly, please take metro line M3 and transfer to M4 at Kálvin tér
To Fehérvári út, please take replacement bus 47, to Bartók Béla út please take bus 49, both run via Erzsébet híd
To Kálvin tér and Fővám tér, please take bus 48; Astoria and Kálvin tér are accessible by bus line 9.
To Bartók Béla út and Fehérvári út, please board the replacement buses running via Erzsébet híd in Kossuth Lajos utca ahead of the intersection with Semmelweis utca
To reach Kálvin tér and Fővám tér by bus 48, please board at the tram stop to Kálvin tér
The Astoria M stop of buses serving Rákóczi út will be relocated in both directions so as not to hinder the turning of replacement buses. To Keleti pályaudvar, please board buses on Rákóczi út, ahead of the intersection with Puskin utca. The stop to Buda will be relocated ca. 25 metres further back.
Kálvin tér M
The quickest transport mode from Kálvin tér M to South Buda is metro line M4 running more frequently
Replacement buses 47 and 49 will run via Erzsébet híd instead of Szabadság híd, therefore Kálvin tér will not be served. Transfer from the tram replacement buses to metro line M4 serving Kálvin tér is recommended at Móricz Zsigmond körtér
On the Pest route section of tramlines 47 and 49, replacement bus 48 will be in service between Fővám tér M and Deák Ferenc tér M
Deák Ferenc tér is accessible by metro line M3 and by bus line 9
Fővám tér M
The quickest transport mode from Fővám tér M to South Buda is metro line M4 running more frequently
Replacement buses 47 and 49 will run via Erzsébet híd instead of Szabadság híd, therefore Fővám tér will not be served! Transfer from the tram replacement buses to metro line M4 serving Fővám tér is recommended at Móricz Zsigmond körtér.
On the Pest route section of tramlines 47 and 49, replacement bus 48 will be in service between Fővám tér M and Deák Ferenc tér M.
Móricz Zsigmond körtér M
Fővám tér and Kálvin tér are accessible only by metro line M4
to passengers wishing to travel to Deák Ferenc tér or to Astoria, replacement buses 47 or 49 are recommended.
from Móricz Zsigmond körtér, Savoya Park is accessible by replacement bus 17, Kamaraerdő by replacement bus 41, Városház tér by replacement bus 47 and Kelenföld vasútállomás by replacement bus 49.
About the current refurbishment works of tram stops
During the summer and autumn of 2016, a total of 55 tram stops in South Buda will be refurbished in Alkotás utca, Bartók Béla út, Fehérvári út and Villányi út to provide barrier-free accessibility. The refurbishment of the new CAF trams’ vehicle maintenance depot in Budafok is already underway and it is expected to finish by April 2017 in connection with the procurement of the CAF trams. The new stop platforms – adjusted to the height of the new trams’ floor and to their vehicle length – will be 26 cm high and 36 metres long. Parallel to the refurbishment of stops, the following supplementary works will be carried out:
In the vicinity of certain platforms, the green area will be increased and new platform equipment, such as rain shelters, benches, dustbins, etc. will be installed.
On certain sections of the affected tram lines synchronised, with the construction of the platforms, track- and overhead-cable maintenance and ground cable works will be carried out to increase tram service safety.
In the vicinity of the Albertfalva bypass tracks, the unused terminus will be dismantled, the tracks will be reconstructed and a new bypass section will be constructed. To provide more convenient access to tram stops, designated pedestrian crossings will be reconstructed at several locations. A new pedestrian crossing will be established at Déli pályaudvar railway station to provide accessibility.
Fehérvári út between Lecke utca and Csurgói út will be refurbished.
Due to the development, on the southern section of the interconnected tram network in Buda, the platforms of all the tram stops on Fehérvári út and Bartók Béla út will be reconstructed, and the deteriorated tram line section on Bartók Béla út between Móricz Zsigmond körtér and Szent Gellért tér will be refurbished. In connection with the refurbishment of the Budafok tram depot, track construction will be carried out as well. In the autumn, a further 20 tram stops will be modernised in South Buda making them barrier-free.
Source: BKK Centre for Budapest Transport