Detailed design of metro line 4 for Section K2B between Kálvin tér and Múzeum körút

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Technical data

Building trades

road design
traffic engineering
railway and catenary design
utility design
electrical and mechanical design
telecommunication design
bridge and structural design
geotechnics
organisation

Principal

COLAS Építő Zrt.

Project value

3,309.33

Design value

176.70 millió Ft

Years of completion

2007 to 2011

Years of construction

2007 to 2013

Street level projects associated with metro line 4 had a significant role in the modification of squares and arteries in the City Centre. Under these projects, first Bartók Béla út, Gellért tér, in part Móricz Zsigmond körtér and Kosztolányi Dezső tér were reconstructed on the Buda side in 2002. On the Pest side, the approval designs for the contiguous system of Fővám tér, Vámház körút, Kálvin tér and Múzeum körút were prepared in 2006 with FŐMTERV acting as general designer.
The detailed designs were prepared for the sections between Fővám tér and Vámház körút and between Kálvin tér and Múzeum körút under two separate orders. COLAS Építő Zrt. engaged FŐMTERV to prepare all detailed designs for Section K2B between Kálvin tér and Múzeum körút.

DESIGN TASKS:

  • Preparation of modified approval designs and obtaining of permits
  • Detailed designs
  • As-built drawings

PROJECT ELEMENTS:

  • A roadway corresponding to reduced traffic with 2x1 traffic lanes in Vámház körút and 2x2 traffic lanes in Múzeum körút
  • Bicycle paths running in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic on both sides
  • A bottleneck junction in Kálvin tér (with four branches instead of the previous five)
  • A new pedestrian street in the Kálvin tér section of the closed Baross utca
  • Widened pavements with a ‘lane for fixtures’
  • Uniform, custom-made footpath paving with ‘K pavers’ in the whole section, which will be later continued beyond Astoria
  • A tactile strip for the visually impaired to pedestrian crossings
  • Establishment of street level pedestrian crossings in Kálvin tér in order to make the square accessible for the disabled
  • Replanting of a row of trees in Vámház körút and replacement of one in Múzeum körút
  • Limited parking on pavements
  • Refurbishment of a tramway and a catenary with a shared public transport line, which is also navigable by buses
  • Custom-made platform canopies at the stops, conforming to the architectural image of Kálvin tér
  • Modification of the architectural image of Kálvin tér by providing canopies for stairwells and lifts surfacing from the metro subway, installation of street furniture and establishment of green areas
  • Upgrading of the whole utility network under the area affected by road and track construction
  • Public lighting poles of a uniform style along the entire Kiskörút

PROJECT RESULTS:
The placing into service of metro line 4 must result in a reduction of street level traffic, thus it has become possible to hand over some of the traffic lanes to pedestrians and cyclists. This goal is served by one lane on each side of the shared public transport track in Vámház körút with a bicycle path along them, as well as 2x2 traffic lanes also with bicycle paths running in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic in Múzeum körút. Parking is possible only to a limited extent, between trees on pavements.
With its uniform paving and pseudo-archaic public lighting poles, the route connects Fővám tér, which forms part of a World Heritage site, through the eclectic Kálvin tér to the Astoria junction. In the line constituting Vámház körút, Kálvin tér and Múzeum körút, concrete pavers with the what is called ‘K=Kiskörút’ pattern was laid, giving a unique image to Kiskörút up to Deák tér. Attractive elements appeared in the squares: in Kálvin tér, the glass works of modern architecture providing a canopy for metro exits and train platforms, benches surrounding green areas and light strips embedded into the paving were designed by architect György Skardelli. Instead of a transport hub that used to be filled with motor vehicles, the renewed Kálvin tér has become a pleasant meeting place in a pedestrian world connecting pedestrian zones in the 8th and 9th Districts with the 5th District.