The Rakosrendezo train station - Photo: Wikipedia

Government eyes new ‘millennium city centre’ in downtown Budapest

Hungary's government is in talks with the world's top property developers on a 5 billion euro project that would transform a 130 hectare area in downtown Budapest into a "millennium city centre", the minister of construction and transport said on Monday.

The project that would be carried out at the location of the Rakosrendezo train station in the 14th district would elevate Budapest to the ranks of modern global cities, Janos Lazar told a press conference.

The initial assessment and depollution work would cost around 20 billion forints (EUR 52.8m), Lazar said, noting that the government had committed to carrying out around 1 billion euros worth of infrastructure investments.

The government expects the intergovernmental agreement on the investment to be signed in the second half of 2024, he said, adding that the project could be completed by the end of the decade.

“Our goal is for Budapest to be the strongest intellectual, economic and political power centre in the region,” Lazar said.

Reacting to Lazar’s press conference, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony said there could be no development project in the capital that put the interest of the investors before those of Budapest residents. Karacsony told a press conference that the city’s leadership was engaged in “a social dialogue of historic importance” with the government on the planned project.

The mayor said he agreed with Lazar that the Rakosrendezo area was a valuable one, adding, however, that the area needed developments that served the interests of Budapest residents, such as the extension of the underground, other railway developments and housing construction.

Also, Karacsony said the city would not support any investment that would spoil the view of Budapest’s world heritage sites like Heroes’ Square or Andrassy Avenue.


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