The Chain Bridge – Photo: wikipedia

Chain Bridge to reopen to buses, taxis, bikes on Friday

Budapest's landmark Chain Bridge under reconstruction will reopen to buses, taxis, motorbikes and bicycles on December 16 in the afternoon, the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) said on Tuesday.

A ban for cars to use the bridge will remain in effect, BKK said in a statement.

In an effort to promote the use of public transport, BKK will operate daytime and nighttime bus services crossing the bridge along a route to connect the Buda and Pest sides of the capital city more frequently, the company said.

The bridge will reopen to pedestrians once the upgrade’s last phase is completed which is expected in the autumn of 2023, BKK said, adding that the reconstruction was going according to schedule.

The 26.75 billion forint (EUR 65m) renovation of the Chain Bridge and its immediate vicinity began in spring 2021 and is expected to be completed by next autumn, in time for celebrations marking the anniversary of the formation of Budapest on November 17.

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