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19 October 2005

Mott MacDonald wins role on Budapest Metro

Mott MacDonald has secured a role on the new line 4 for Budapest Metro. The company is part of a consortium - also comprising local consultants FŐMTERV Rt. and Uvaterv Rt. - appointed by BKV Rt. DBR Metro Project Directorate to prepare tender documentation for ten of the contracts related to the development of the new line. Total cost of the project is estimated to be around £790 million of which approximately 75% is likely to be funded by the European Investment Bank.

The 7.3km long first phase of the underground system will include ten stations and will connect with the existing metro lines 2 and 3 and with the main line railway network at Kelenföld and Keleti. Running through a high density urban area it will be fully underground with a deep alignment passing under both the River Danube and the railway platforms and sidings at Kelenföld. The tunnels are likely to be constructed using state-of-the-art boring machines together with the latest techniques in sprayed concrete technology. One of the key challenges will entail steering the line around the historic thermal waters located below and adjacent to the Danube.

Mott MacDonald’s role as part of the consortium involves preparing tender documents for the proposed design and build contracts as well as updating of the 1998 Railway Approval Design to include alignment improvements and further architectural development. In addition, Mott MacDonald is providing specialist input on tunnelling methods and will carry out an analysis of the ventilation system design including modelling using its own in-house programs and proprietary computational fluid dynamics software.

Opening of the new line is scheduled for 2010 and it is anticipated that the system will be extended at a later stage.

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Note to editors
Mott MacDonald initially worked with FŐMTERV Rt. and Uvaterv Rt in 1998 on the preliminary design for line 4 and helped achieve approval for the metro from the Hungarian Railway Authority.
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