Budapest ring S-Bahn

This proposal is complementary to the proposed southern tangent line in Budapest. It is an urban-regional metro line, comparable to ‘S-Bahn’ (German-language) or ‘RER’ (Francophone) lines. It would use the same alignment and stations, between Kelenföld Station and the junction with the line Kőbánya-Kispest Station. It also shares an alignment and stations with the proposed eastern tangent line from Nyugati Station to Kőbánya-Kispest. It would connect with some radial lines of the proposed Budapest urban-regional metro. It would not provide a connection from Kelenföld Station to Kőbánya-Kispest Station, but that is unnecessary since the southern tangent line would go there directly.

Proposed South Tangent S-Bahn line
Proposed South Tangent S-Bahn line

The ring line would follow existing tracks, with one exception: a new link between Horog utca and Pongrac út. On this section, there would be a new station, opposite the main gate of the exhibition centre Hungexpo. On parts of the route, additional tracks would be necessary, and all junctions should be grade-separated.

Proposed S-Bahn ring line
Proposed S-Bahn ring line

The ring line would start, like the south tangent, at Kelenföld Station. It would cross the Danube, with a station on the west side of the bridge (ELTE), and possibly on the east side (HÉV interchange). It would pass through the existing Ferencváros Station. There would be a new interchange station for metro line 3, at Ecseri út. At the next junction, the south tangent line turns south-east to Kőbánya-Kispest Station: the ring line continues north-east, and crosses Kőbányai út. A station here would be problematic, because it is between two rail junctions.

Just north of Kőbányai út, the new section diverges from the existing line. A tunnel seems the only option for this section: it would pass under the Csilla utca and the Salgótarjáni utca, and join the existing ring line, west of the Hungexpo centre. The new station here, would be about 200 m from the main entrance to Hungexpo. This alignment means that there is no connection with line to Rákos station (on line 80 and line 120).

hungexpo-link….hungexpo-entrance

From the junction, the line shares the route of the proposed eastern tangent line. Both lines cross Kerepesi út, route of Metro line 2, with a new station for interchange with metro line 2: Pillangó utca station is about 400 meter to the east.

A new station is also possible at Egressy út, although the station spacing is a problem. Along with the eastern tangent line, the ring line will also serve the existing station at Budapest-Zugló, future interchange with the new metro line 4. Both lines would serve a new station, alongside the Mexikói út metro station (metro line 1).

Click to enlarge: the proposed east tangent S-Bahn line..

Eastern tangent S-Bahn line from Nyugati.

The eastern tangent line would now turn south-west, toward Nyugati station. The ring line would follow the existing curve north to a relocated Rákosrendező station, on the main line north from Nyugati to Vác (line 70 / 71). The ring line could terminate there, or possibly continue along line 2 across the Danube, to terminate at Acquincum station, relocated for interchange with the HÉV line to Szentendre. (The rest of line 2 to Esztergom might be incorporated in the planned “metro line 5”, which incorporates the three HÉV lines along the Danube).

Budapest ring S-Bahn

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