MORE City in the Spotlight: Budapest

Improving traffic conditions in Budapest, a key node of three TEN-T networks

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and its economic and political centre, being the largest metropolitan area in Central Eastern Europe. Budapest is the tenth largest city in the European Union. Budapest is one of the leading cities in Central Eastern Europe in the implementation of transport management organisational schemes. Budapest has an extensive public transport system. BKK Centre for Budapest Transport is the public transport authority of Budapest, which is 100% owned by the Municipality of Budapest and appointed as the responsible, integrated mobility manager of the city.

The importance of Budapest as a node in three TEN-T networks causes many challenges, especially the Mediterranean Corridor, which is an important east-west TEN-T network axis. Motorway bypass exists around Budapest, but huge amount of national and international traffic (travelling on the corridors) appear in the city centre. The agglomeration area around Budapest includes 81 settlements, it has 800,000 inhabitants and generates 400,000 car trips/weekday which is 2/3 of all trips towards Budapest. Almost 90,000 cars pass through the city boarders daily through M1-M7 motorway at the western part of the city.

This situation causes congestion, air pollution and parking challenges in the Rákóczi road at the downtown. Rákóczi road has a direct connection with M1-M7 motorway, and it is often used by passenger and freight traffic as a connecting route with the different TEN-T corridors. Analysing current transportation situations between M1-M7 motorway and Rákóczi road are one of the main aims of MORE project.

MORE could offer useful and effective transportation solutions for Budapest’s traffic problems for the future.