It is our social duty to respect the principle of equal treatment, to create equal opportunities for all, to integrate disabled people. Accessibility in public transport is a fundamental need, what is essential for people with movement disabilities and is important for young mothers, parents carrying baby buggies, elderly people with movement problems, little children and for people carrying big luggages.
The idea of universal planning - what derives from human differences, considering both the social side and the equal opportunities aspects - was accepted in the summer of 1996 among other European recommendations and regulations.
Reconstruction of metro line M3 began in 1970, finished in 1990 when the idea of accessible enviroment was not mentioned among the goals or the requirements, thus the opportunity for a later installment of such instruments was not available, therefore new surface connections must be developed.
During the preparation-phase of the reconstruction of metro line M3 it became clear that the cost of installing elevators would extend the financial framework significantly. Thus the accessibility options of each stations were categorized by a certain comparison system such as: daily ridership, accessibility opportunities on the surface, important destinations for disabled people (hospitals, public institutions).
In the meantime extensive conciliations took place between the Municipality of Budapest and the National Federation of Disabled Persons’ Associations (MEOSZ). These concluded in an agreement what was officially voted in favour by the General Assembly of Budapest and contained the following commitments of making the stations of metro line M3 accessible:
- Kőbánya-Kispest and Árpád híd stations are already accessible by elevators
- Traditional elevators (what were installed before as a part of another development) are ready to use, these will be available after the inaguration of the reconstructed northern section
- Traditional elevators will be installed at Határ út, Népliget, Nagyvárad tér, Deák Ferenc tér, Lehel tér, Forgách utca, Gyöngyösi utca and Újpest-Központ metro stations
- Traditional elevators will be installed at Dózsa Görgy út metro station after the inaguration of the reconstructed northern section, by the end of September 2020 at the latest
- Incline elevators will be installed at Klinikák, Corvin-negyed, Kálvin tér, Ferenciek tere, Nyugati pályaudvar and Arany János utca metro stations
All together 18 out of the 20 stations of metro line M3 will be accessible.
As for the other two metro stations - Ecseri út and Pöttyös utca - according to the agreement with MEOSZ, the Municipality of Budapest undertook to develop a final technical solution by the end of 2023 what provides an accessible, independent, safe and dignified way at the area. Until this happens, temporarily, platform lifts will be installed in the two stations.
We aim to achieve the fullest accessibility as possible at the current conditions, thus we continue to have consultations with organizations both civilian and representatives in order to use, install such devices what really provide assistance to passengers with limited mobility.
Equal opportunities are important for us all!