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Fidesz against keeping car ban for Chain Bridge

The government provided a 6 billion forint grant (EUR 16m) to the refurbishment of Budapest's Chain Bridge on condition that "a partial or full ban on vehicular traffic will not be imposed for longer than 18 months", ruling Fidesz said on Wednesday in connection with the city's mulling a permanent ban on private cars.

In a statement, the Budapest chapter of Fidesz said Mayor Gergely Karacsony had personally signed the agreement and suggested that he was preparing to abandon the deal using the will of residents as an excuse.

Karacsony said earlier in the day that a local “residents’ meeting” would decide whether a current ban on cars on the bridge should be maintained.

He also said the government had not made “a single forint of the agreed grant” available as yet.


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