You could be exploring Eastern Europe on a high-speed Budapest-to-Warsaw train in the future

2018-10-02 22:00
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Four Central European countries announced a plan on Monda to build a high-speed rail link between Budapest and Warsaw, said Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

The planned two-track line would allow train travel at 250 kilometres per hour, with stops only at Budapest, Bratislava, Brno in the eastern Czech Republic, and Warsaw, Szijjarto told Hungarian public media.

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Potential funding options include a loan by the European Investment Bank (EIB), Szijjarto said after a meeting of transport ministers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - the so-called Visegrad 4 group - in the Slovakian resort of Lake Strba.

Only around 14% of rail projects funded by the EIB so far were in central Europe, according to Szijjarto.

"This will be a typical Visegrad project, with all the four countries involved in talks on funding," he said, without giving an estimate for the cost of the project.

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The public procurement procedure for a feasibility study would last for half a year, while the study could be completed within two years.

"We would have liked that part to proceed faster, but our partners requested that time period, given the scale of the project," said Szijjarto, without setting a scheduled completion date for the plan.

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