Local Residents to Decide About Keeping Car Ban on Budapest's Chain Bridge

  • 3 May 2023 12:07 PM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Local Residents to Decide About Keeping Car Ban on Budapest's Chain Bridge
Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony said on Tuesday that the residents of Budapest will decide whether the Chain Bridge will be closed to motorised traffic when it is reopened following renovations.

Speaking on Jazzy Radio, he said a study has been carried out regarding possible changes in car traffic on the bridge.

As for himself, he said he likes the current arrangement, but the final decision is not up to him.

“I want the residents to feel that they are my bosses”, he said.

On other issues, Karácsony said Budapest has switched to survival mode due to a shortage of funds.

The city would like to take out a Ft 17 billion loan to alleviate the burden of government-imposed taxes – the “solidarity contribution” – but the government must approve any such loan.

He said the city is creditworthy and he will soon meet cabinet members.

“My relationship with them is completely normal”, he said, “they just sit down and talk with me if they are willing. If, on the other hand, the political intention is for Budapest to fall into the abyss, then that’s what will happen”.

Related links

Car Ban on Budapest's Chain Bridge Helps Environment, But Will it Remain?

  • How does this content make you feel?

XpatLoop Media Partner

Hungary Around the Clock

Since 1995 Hungary Around the Clock has proven to be one of the most comprehensive sources of daily English-language news about Hungary. It covers ongoing domestic politics and foreign relations, as well as business and economic matters. For a free trial of HATC visit www.hatc.hu and click on 'Free Trial Subscription’.