On 11 June 2013, Budapest Mayor István Tarlós ordered BKK, Municipal Disaster Management, Budapest Sewage Works, Budapest Transport Company BKV and the Budapest Police to jointly assess the situation at Batthyány tér and decide on how to alleviate the traffic restrictions affecting Budapest residents in line with the receding water levels of the Danube.
Accordingly, the Batthyány tér station of metro line M2 will be reopened on Wednesday morning, 12 June 2013, with all bus lines of the area resuming their services. Road closures will mosly remain in force therefore motorists are asked to still leave their cars behind and use public transport as well as bikes in the city centre.
Higher service frequencies are provided on BKK’s main fixed-rail transport lines and MÁV-Start commuter train lines. Bem rakpart, the Batthyány tér area and the lower embankments remain closed. Due to the closures special traffic measures will be introduced to prioritise public transport and to prevent congestion in the centre of Buda by diverting incoming road traffic.
Battyányi tér and its vinicity
Buses nr: 11, 111, 39, 160, 260
From the early morning of 12 June 2013 (Wednesday) the trains serve Batthyány tér metro station M2 again. Therefore, from Wednesday replacement buses M2 do not run.
Due to the flood control activities, compared to the original capacity there will be much less room available for passengers in the Batthyány tér underpass, thus everybody is kindly asked not to stop and keep looking around on the premises of the station! The ticket office located at the metro station is still closed.
Tickets, travelcards and passes are on sale at the ticket booth above the ground. Also the shops located in the underpass will remain closed.
Simultaneously with the re-opening of Batthyány tér metro station, from the early morning of 12 June 2013 (Wednesday) buses 11, 111, 39, 160 and 260 will depart from their original terminus, Batthyány tér M+H. These buses will run on their original route again in full length.
Suburban railway H5 continues to run between Margit híd, budai hídfő (surface station) and Békásmegyer/Szentendre. Due to the limited capacity of Margit híd, budai hídfő station, every second train turns back from Szentlélek tér in the rush hours. Therefore, suburban railway replacement bus (H5) continues to run between Szentlélek tér and Batthyány tér.
Batthyány tér and Bem rakpart located between Margit híd and Lánchíd remains closed to road traffic; only public transport vehicles and cyclists are allowed to enter.
Trams nr: 19 & 41
Trams 19 and 41 continue to run to Széll Kálmán tér M terminus; from Döbrentei tér it runs on the route of tram 18. On the skipped route between Batthyány tér M+H and Döbrentei tér our passengers can reach their destinations by bus 86 which runs more frequently.
Bus nr 86
Bus 86 continues to run on the full length of its route. In the direction of Újbuda, Függetlenségi park it runs on its original route again and serves its original stops. In the direction of Óbuda, Bogdáni út it runs on the full length of its route and serves its original stops, except for the route between Clark Ádám tér and Batthyány tér M+H where it continues to run on Fő utca.
Bem Rakpart, Fő utca, Árpádfejedelem útja, Horvát utca, Fazekas utca
The pre-flood traffic order is reinstated in Török utca and Üstökös utca, also Árpád fejedelem útja going south will be reopened to road traffic on 12 June 2013. Driving is possible from the direction of Óbuda, coming from Árpád fejedelem útja to Széll Kálmán tér (via Üstökös utca – Török utca) and onto Margit híd to Pest , but due south on Bem rakpar towards Batthyány tér is still not possible. To avoid congestion towards Pest Árpád híd is still recommended to motorists.
Fő utca and Bem rakpart are still open to public transport only. Also, Horvát utca and Fazekas utca between Margit körút and Csalogány utca are still open to public transport only going towards Margit körút.
South to north through traffic is still impossible within Buda as Bem József tér remains closed. Hungária ringroad or M0 motorway are still to be used.
Favouring bicycle traffic on the Fő utca – Clark Ádám tér – Batthyány tér route in both directions, as well as due south via Bem rakpart – Bem tér – Fő utca, due north via Batthyány tér – Bem rakpart – Árpád fejedelem útja, BKK ensures bicycle access to the closed area and the use of the main road surface.
The Margit híd underpass remains closed and the bicycle path at Margit híd budai hídfő is still suspended, cycling is prohibited. Cyclists please use Árpád fejedelem útja or Frankel Leó út turned one-way going north.
Tram nr 2
Tram 2 continues to run on a shortened route between Közvágóhíd H and Eötvös tér and the original transport order applies (during peak hours certain trams run to Március 15. tér). Replacement buses continue to run between Nyugati pályaudvar M and Széchenyi István tér.
More frequent services
Trams nr: 1, 1A, 1B, 4, 6, 17, 61
Buses nr: 9 & 86
Metrolines M2 and M3, tramlines 1, 1A,4,6,17 and 61 and buses 9 and 86 run more frequently. In the morning rush hours also the line 1B run on the route of tramline 1 between Bécsi út and Lehel utca.
Buses nr: 53, 150, 250
From 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 11 June 2013, the pre-flood traffic order was reintroduced on Hamzsabégi út thus buses 53, 150 and 250 towards Újbuda-központ serve the Nagyszőlős utca, Hollókő utca and Vincellér utca stops again. 240E until now running on a diverted route will resume its original service and serve the Budaörsi út (Villányi út) stop again.
Trams nr: 4 & 6
Bus nr: 26
Margitsziget remains closed, bus 26 does not run and trams 4 and 6 do not serve the Margitsziget stop.
Királyok útja, Nánási út
Buses nr: 34 & 934
Both Királyok útja and Nánási út are closed. Buses 34 and 934 still run on diverted routes. Due to the closure of Pók utca, Bus 106 runs on a diverted route on Szentendrei út. The following stops are not be served: Aquincum H, Pók utca, Silvanus sétány, Nánási út stops and the terminus at Római úti lakótelep. After the Kadosa út stop, buses use the Aquincum H stop of bus 34.
Remain closed on both sides of the river.
Source: Budapest Transport Center
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