- 6 Aug 2023 1:43 PM
- Hungary Matters
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony said the renovation had been completed “in a timely manner and not exceeding the budget” of 26.7 billion forints (EUR 68m).
“The Chain Bridge is a miracle to be admired by all Budapest residents and the city’s visitors,” the mayor said before symbolically handing over a spanner used in the operations to János Fazekas, the facility’s manager.
He added that the Chain Bridge was an asset “not only for Budapest residents … therefore the city awaits a contribution from the national government”.
He said the bridge was the creation of “an era that believed Hungary could join Europe’s nations through building a capital by European standards”.
To celebrate the completion of the renovation project, the municipality and the Budapest transport company BKK will organise a picnic on Friday night with shows, music, food and drink.
The revamped bridge will be open to buses, taxis, motorbikes, bicycles and scooters, as well as pedestrians from Saturday morning on, while cars will be banned.
MTI Photo: Zsolt Szigetváry