there is a need for plans that will green the city, not only cut down trees, but also install a new row of trees – there is no such thing as Mayor Gergely Karácsony and Anna Orosz, Deputy Mayor of Újbuda in a shared video in connection with the plans to extend the tram in Buda. The line extension plans from Gellért Square to the Mol Tower were prepared by the Budapest Development Center and presented by Director Dávid Vitézy at the end of last year.
In December, BFK presented us with a plan, which Zoltán Erő, chief architect, returned with a red pencil, where there would be fewer parking spaces and more trees, Sándor Bardóczi, Budapest’s landscape architect, told our newspaper. As he said, there could be more than a hundred trees according to more modified plans, but the BFK did not respond to this by mid-January, which the capital has now been satisfied with.
According to Bardóczi, the construction of the tram and the associated reconstruction is a 30 billion project that will define the image of the area for decades, so it does not believe that even a group of designers will not fit into it. As the municipality of the capital owns the affected areas, the investment cannot start without the consent, and until the plans are approved, according to Bardóczi, the capital will not grant the ownership permit either.
Vitézy: The capital wants to hinder the project
BFK invited the representatives of the capital to all planning co-operation, who approved the plans, Dávid Vitézy told our newspaper. Since October last year, the capital has not given ownership consent because Vitézy says it wants to thwart the project, so now they are pulling out why there are no more trees.
But Vitézy says the answer is simple: where wood could be put is there. And where there could be more, there is a parking space (both BKK and Újbuda stipulate that more parking lots cannot be removed) and there is a water pipe under it (Fővárosi Vízművek has stipulated that no wood can be installed above the water pipe), he said.
Vitézy emphasized that they indicated that they would like to plant more trees, but then the capital would convince Újbuda, BKK, Budapest Közút and its own Waterworks about the consequences, but instead the mayor and the deputy mayor of Újbuda will post a video on Facebook.
As we reported when the plans were presented, according to the detailed plans of the 2.8 km long tram line from Gellért Square on the quay of the Technical University to the Rákóczi Bridge, then turning onto Dombóvári út to Budafoki út, more promenades, bicycle paths and grass, but fewer car lanes , there will be parking in the area.
The new section will be completed in 9 minutes by the trams currently planned under working names 18 and 48, which will run from Budafoki út to Gellért tér to Deák tér – with 8 trains per hour between trams 47-49. – and they continue their way to Batthyány tér, intertwining between trams 41-19 with 4 trains per hour.
Construction of the tram is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022, after the construction contract is signed, and would be completed in the second quarter of 2024.