05. 08. 2014
RAILHUC: „RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT 2014: Development Options of Railway Transport in Hungary and in the Region“ - 2nd RAILHUC international conference in Hotel Gellért >>>
The 2nd RAILHUC international conference, named „RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT 2014: Development Options of Railway Transport in Hungary and in the Region", was held in Budapest´s well-known Hotel Gellért on 5th June 2014 under the patronage of the Hungarian RAILHUC project partner, a research company KTI - Institute for Transport Sciences.
The conference was attended by a number of experts from Hungarian authorities, non-profit organizations, universities, railway infrastructure managers, railway operators, and by RAILHUC project partners from Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Slovakia.
The contributios, that were presented during the conference, underlined the relevance of accessibility and of a high-quality traffic connections for the comprehensive development of regions and for enhancement of their competitiveness.
The conference informed about possibilities of financing of railway and public transport by the EU funds in the programming period 2014 - 20 and about the Hungarian National Railway Development Concept (OVK), including prospect for 2050.
A particular emphasis was put on development of suburban, cross-border and long-distance transport, namely on the Hungarian most important track No 1 connecting Budapest with the western counties (megyék) and with Vienna.
László Kormányos, Dr, representative of the Hungarian national railway carrier MÁV-START, described alternatives of possible transport concepts for the track No 1 in relation to opening of the new Vienna railway station (Wien Hauptbahnhof) and to refurbishment of this track´s section Budapest - Tatabánya. It is feasible to gradually shorten the Budapest - Vienna connection by up to 40 minutes, from the present 3 hours to cca 2 hours 20 minutes. The new operation concept will route the IC trains Budapest - Győr - Sopron/Szombathely by 2 separate lines. Together with the track renovation, it will speed up the Vienna - Western Hungary connection by 15 - 20 minutes.
Mr Erik Hartmann, on behalf of the Hungarian railway infrastructure manager MÁV, picked up the threads of the track No 1 modernization and presented projects leading to upgrade of railway station buildings and stops in the section Budapest - Tatabánya. Actually, the problem of over-dimensioned station halls is a challenge for railway companies all over the Central Europe.
The issue of railway stations was addressed also by the Vienna representative Mr Manuel Pröll, who talked about the development concept of the Vienna hub, resulting in construction of the new Wien Hauptbahnhof. The new railway station in Vienna will open to full operation on 14 December 2014.
Furthermore, the conference presented several development projects for the suburban railway transport in the Budapest agglomeration, such as the on-going refurbishment of the railway track Esztergom - Budapest. After having introduced modern motorized units Desiro Classic, the number of passengers travelling on this track increased by 17 %. It is the track renovation in synergy with modern railway vehicles and with innovative operation concepts that can significantly boost the passengers´ interest in railway, becoming at the same time the tool to achieve the transport policy goals in the field of sustainable mobility.
The environment in the centre of Budapest will also be relieved, particularly with regard to noise pollution, owing to construction of the southern railway bypass (V0). This bypass will mainly be used by the intense freight transport, which now flows right through the city. The rerouting of railway cargo will clear the capacity on the overloaded suburban sections of the radial lines, especially on the line No 1 in the section Bicske - Budapest and on the line No. 100 in the section Budapest - Cegléd, contributing thus to further enhancement of the suburban and long-distance transport.
For what concerns operation concepts, the conference also came with the idea of a diametral railway line running north-south through Budapest: Piliscsaba - Kunszentmiklós-Tass.
A very interesting part of the conference was devoted to the successful EU-funded projects that offer innovative solutions in the field of railway transport, such as the Central Europe project RAILHUC or examples of cross-border projects implemented by Hungary and Serbia (relation Szeged - Subotica) or Slovakia (connection Miskolc - Košice, absence of connection Komárno - Komárom, Győr - Bratislava).
The conference was highly appreciated by the international transport experts and its conclusions were vividly debated within its closing part.
More information and all the presentations are available at the RAILHUC project official website www.railhuc.eu.
This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.