Over a third of Hungary’s roads to be renewed this year

A staggering 342km of Hungary’s road network will be improved throughout 2021 and beyond.

The Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM) has revealed that work is under way to refurbish 342km of Hungary’s road network this year.

László Mosoczi, State Secretary for Transport Policy, said over a third of the roads are to be renewed as part of a HUF 55 billion (EUR 152 m) investment. He added that the coronavirus epidemic had not impeded the development of the country’s transport networks.

This year road refurbishment work is expected to cover double the length of last year’s, and more than 1,000km of roads will be upgraded once the project is completed. Transport infrastructure improvements costing HUF 300 billion part of a government scheme to improve the quality of life in rural areas and enhance access to small localities, he said.

Attila József Szilvai, Chief Executive of Magyar Közút Nonprofit, the public company that oversees the country’s road network, said a third of the refurbishments were under way and the coming months would see an acceleration in works completed. Given the current pace, 2021 could see the largest road investment program of the past ten years, he said.