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LMP: China-backed airport rail project ‘unforgivable mistake’

The opposition LMP party has called the planned Chinese-backed rail link between the international airport and central Budapest an "unforgivable mistake".

The original plan was to connect the airport and the city centre in a way that ensured access from other cities and the Budapest agglomeration, thereby maximising flexibility, Peter Ungar, the green party’s co-leader, told a press conference on Monday, vowing to bring the matter before MPs with a view to implementing the project according to the original plans.

He said other investments in Europe involving Chinese lending had ended badly, and he called for the details of the financing package to be made public. LMP will also submit a data request in the public interest to reveal “exactly what kind of deal is being planned with the Chinese” and how much it would cost taxpayers, he added.

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