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24 August 2010

Mott MacDonald celebrates key milestone for Budapest Metro, Hungary

Mott MacDonald’s role on the £1 billion Budapest Metro Line 4 has reached a key milestone with the breakthrough of both tunnel boring machines at Keleti station. This completes the two running tunnels for the new line from Kelenfold to Keleti.

The 7.3km long first phase of the Budapest Metro Line 4 underground system will include ten stations and will connect with the existing Metro Lines 2 and 3 as well as the main line railway network at Kelenfold and Keleti.

Mott MacDonald’s first role on the project was serving as part of the design consortium1. This involved preparing tender documents for the proposed design and building contracts as well as updating the 1998 Railway Approval Design to include alignment improvements and further architectural development. In addition, Mott MacDonald provided specialist input on tunnelling methods specifications and designed the ventilation system for the project using in-house modelling software.

Mott MacDonald also completed the detailed design for the sprayed concrete lined2 (SCL) tunnel at Bocskai Street Station and provided expert advice3 on settlement, SCL design and the underpassing of the river Danube.

Mott MacDonald was also appointed by Swietelsky as environment consultant for the project, responsible for noise and vibration impact assessments for interior construction work at all ten stations along the new line. In addition, Mott MacDonald provided full, detailed environmental services for three stations namely Bocskai Street, Rákóczi and Kálvin Square.

Alun Thomas, Mott MacDonald’s deputy manager in Budapest said, “We are delighted to be working on this project. In terms of technical achievement, this is a proud moment for Mott MacDonald. We have an excellent track record in helping to deliver metro projects around the world and it is great to be able to demonstrate our world class skills and local knowledge on this important project for Hungary.”

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