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Socialists call on government to develop fixed track transport rather than buying airport

The opposition Socialists have called on the government to use central budget resources on an overall development of fixed track transport in Hungary rather than buying an airport, the party's deputy leader said on Monday.

The country’s railway an suburban rail network “is in shambles” because the Fidesz government has failed to spend money on developing its fixed track and community transport infrastructure in the past ten years, Laszlo Varga told a press conference. He said community transport “is living its renaissance all over Europe”, adding that “fixed track systems are the greenest and most sustainable form of transport”.

“The government is now preparing to spend some 1,536 billion forints (EUR 4.5bn) on buying an airport which it should spend on developing the country’s rail system,” said Varga.

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