Hungary’s roads, on the move

The motorway system in southern Hungary is about to take a positive step forward in the form of a major construction project, which will make driving people and freight both easier and faster.

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The M43 motorway stretches from Szeged to the Romanian border in the east. On top of smoother traffic flows for local and foreign vehicles, the motorway alignment project will bring benefits in terms of employment and the environment.

Bringing destinations closer

Recognising the importance of better, more efficient road systems, the Hungarian authorities have supported such transport investments. The benefits are manifold and include reduced levels of transit traffic, reduced noise levels and emissions, and improved safety. This will affect not only local residents, but also businesses and international trade, given the proximity to neighbouring countries.
The M43 starts from the north of Szeged and runs eastbound, bypassing Szeged, Maroslele and Makó in the north, continuing to Csanádpalota on the Romanian border. This section belongs to the TEN-T pan-European corridor IV and once completed will benefit passenger car traffic and freight traffic transiting through Hungary, not to mention the residents of Szeged, Makó and other settlements along this section. In total, some 240 000 inhabitants live within a 10-km radius of the section.

Clever connections

More than simply connecting two points, the construction takes into account existing road structures, businesses and facilities. The motorway alignment crosses the Szeged – Hódmezővásárhely rail line and a trunk road, touching on the oil and natural gas field at Algyõ. Road construction on the hydrocarbon fields therefore requires carefully planned works including crossings as well as relocation and replacement of oil and gas pipelines and utilities. The project will include the construction of a major bridge across the Tisza River as well as five grade-separated junctions. A newly constructed secondary road will also lead traffic to trunk road No. 43 heading in the direction of Nagylak on the Hungarian side of the Romania-Hungary border.

Economic and environmental boost

The local economy stands to gain from this project in the form of employment. During the implementation phase, some 1 800 direct jobs will be created, each averaging 30 months, while during the operational phase, 30 jobs will be created.
Hungary has also committed to mitigate the environmental impact of the project, namely direct damage of approximately 2 ha and indirect damage of an additional area of approximately 12 ha, by means of compensatory measures, including habitat restoration work.


Draft date

07/02/2011