Budapest on the road to automation
Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, and Budapest Mayor, István Tarlós, opened Budapest’s fourth metro line on March 28. The new line is designed to be fully driverless.
During a first phase, trains will be equipped with a driver’s cabin staffed by a train supervisor. After one year, it is planned to operate the trains without the supervisor and to remove the wall separating the driver’s cabin from the passengers.
Line 4 runs between Keleti and Kelenföld railway stations with 8 intermediate stations. It is 7.4 kilometers long and crosses underneath the Danube.
Similarly to the city’s other metro lines, M4 will run every 2-3 minutes during peak hours, every 5 minutes during the day and on weekends, whereas late in the evening the headway will be 10 minutes.
Alstom trains and Siemens signalling
The line uses 15 Alstom Metropolis trainsets which are 80m long (5 cars) and can carry 810 passengers, including 164 seated. The cars have four external wide (1.3m) sliding doors on each side. The vehicles – capable of running 70 km/h – are single spaced enabling passengers to walk from one vehicle to the next inside the train.
Alstom also supplied 22 Metropolis trains to replace the fleet in operation on the non-automated line 2 in Budapest.
Siemens provided signalling for the new line M4.
Press release on BKK website: http://www.bkk.hu/en/2014/03/new-surface-transport-network-following-start-of-metro-line-m4-on-29-march-2014/
Press release on Alstom website: http://www.alstom.com/press-centre/2014/3/alstom-metros-start-carrying-passengers-on-budapests-line-4-central-eastern-europes-first-automated-metro-line/