New line would be suitable for trains up to a speed of 350 km/h
High-speed rail link next top Slovak-Hungarian transport project
The new rail line would reduce travel time between Budapest and Warsaw to five and a half hours from the current 11-12 hours while the trip from Budapest to Bratislava would be cut to an hour and a half, Szijjarto told reporters ahead of the inauguration of a new bridge spanning the Danube between Hungary and Slovakia near Komarom, northern Hungary.
The Hungarian section of the line would run from Budapest to Gyor in the northwest, he said, adding that talks are ongoing on whether it should cross into Slovakia between Gyor and Dunajska Streda (Dunaszerdahely) or at Rajka.
The investment will allow central Europe’s economic growth to enter “a completely new dimension”, Szijjarto said, noting that the high-speed railway would be the first in the region.
The rail line would run on its own tracks and would be suitable for trains up to a speed of 350 km/h, he said.