Budapest should have
received the first metro cars built by the French company Alstom by the end of
May for the capital’s second and fourth metro lines. The Hungarian Transport
Authority, however, still has not given the final authorisation for the trains.
According to InfoRádió,
Budapest’s public transport company (BKV) intends to claim compensation for the
delay as agreed in the contract. Alstom, however, has pointed to the fact that
the construction of the new metro line is not running to schedule and is
seeking to modify the contract with BKV.
The assembly of the
trains at the Alstom factory in Poland is still in its early stages. According
to InfoRádió, delivery of the units could be delayed by more than five months.
The Hungarian Transport Authority has asked Alstom to submit extra
documentation. Alstom, for example, has not supplied detailed information about
whether the new metro trains comply with the country’s fire protection
regulations. Another criticism was the lack of information given concerning the
For BKV the delay is more
problematic for the second metro line, where the new automatic metro cars
should already be in use, with the overhaul of the line essentially complete.
Alstom is in talks with
BKV about modifying the delivery dates: “It is common knowledge that the
completion of the fourth metro line has been put back from 2009 to 2010 due to
the delays in construction work, so it would make sense to bring the delivery
dates of the metro cars in line with the terms of the construction work,”
Alstom said in a statement.
In the case of the second
metro line, the company ascribed the delay in delivering the cars to the late
finalisation of the design: “We are, however, convinced that we can make up for
Alston was unwilling to
give any further information concerning the state of negotiations with BKV.