Railway station of the city of Vác to be modernised to increase passenger numbers and improve user experience

A comprehensive modernisation of the railway station in Vác, Hungary, increases passenger numbers and enhances user experience. Already the country’s fourth biggest railway station by passenger volume, the improvements allow the Vác station to serve 17 500 passengers daily by 2019.

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As part of the redevelopment, 16 890 km of new track have been added to the network surrounding the station. Significant improvements have been made to the station itself, improving its accessibility and also enhancing the comfort of those travelling in and out of the station.

Considerable time-savings for network users is the main benefit of the project which was implemented in 2013. The significant freight component of the station’s traffic also benefits as a result of efficiency gains.

A brand-new rail station

In addition to the 16.8 km of new track, the Vác station benefits from the construction of three new island platforms and one new side platform. New underpasses, lifts, platform roofs and turnout heaters improve the experience of passengers, making rail a more attractive transport option for citizens.

To facilitate those travelling from distance, new park and ride parking spaces have been created around the station. The installation of a new electronic interlocking system and a central traffic control system improves both safety and efficiency for rail users. Finally, environmental considerations mean a new noise protection wall of 6 km2 is being constructed.

The modernisation of the railway station in Vác is the first phase of a complex railway infrastructure development programme of the northern network connected to the Budapest Nyugati terminal station. The other four phases are planned for implementation between 2014 and 2020.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project ”Development of connecting line sections of Nyugati Railway Station to enhance suburban commuter transport – Stage I/a: Railway Station Reconstruction in Vác” is EUR 97 840 487, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 65 939 131 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “Improving urban and sub-urban public transport”.

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