From the middle of December, the Chain Bridge will be open to buses, taxis and cyclists, the decision on the final traffic order will be made next summer with the participation of the citizens of the capital, Mayor Gergely Karácsony announced on his Facebook page on Friday.
Gergely Karácsony wrote that the renovation of the Chain Bridge is progressing according to the original schedule and within the budget. Last weekend’s test load also proved successful, the first major unit of the renovation, the renewal of the bridge’s roadway, can be completed within a few weeks, so the first decision regarding the future of the bridge was made.
We have made the decision that from the middle of December the completed roadway can be used by BKK buses, taxis and cyclists – said the mayor, adding that since the next stage of the renovation is the renovation of the sections that can be used by pedestrians. They can take possession of the bridge again, expected in the fall of 2023.
Gergely Karácsony wrote that they are increasing the number of buses plying on the bridge and starting a new service, precisely in order to make the most of the free way on the Chain Bridge. The renovation of the Chain Bridge will continue according to the original plans, the bridge will be a work area until it is fully handed over. The final traffic order of the bridge must be decided in the summer of 2023, the mayor said, adding that he thinks it would be right if the citizens of Budapest are asked for their opinion on this. In this way, the people of Budapest can make a well-founded decision about what the final function of the Chain Bridge should be in the future, after a six-month test period – read the mayor’s post. Gergely Karácsony stated that the current decision was made “keeping in mind the livable, homely future of Budapest” after discussions with civil organizations, consulting with experts and listening to the proposals of the community assembly.