This is how you drive if you break the Chain Bridge

We can say goodbye to traffic on the Chain Bridge for a long time. The sidewalks were already closed on March 17, so it is no longer possible to cross it on foot, and it will remain so until 2023. The Chain Bridge will be closed to road traffic from 16 June (Wednesday), meaning that vehicles, BKK flights and bicycles will not be allowed on the bridge – until the end of 2022, as planned.

In addition, not only the Chain Bridge, but also the pedestrian-bicycle underpass at the Buda bridgehead will be closed from 16 June, meaning that users of the Buda quay promenade and cycle path will have to change their usual route.

The Budapest Transport Center (BKK) announced in a communication what temporary or alternative routes will be developed for pedestrians and cyclists for the period ahead.

  • Those who would ride a bicycle on the Buda embankment will be assigned an alternative route between Batthyány tér (Vám utca) and Döbrentei tér – writes BKK.
  • Those coming from the north will be able to get on the Bem quay – Vám utca – Fő utca – Clark Ádám tér roundabout – Lánchíd utca – Döbrentei utca – Döbreneti tér route.
  • For those coming from the south, the Döbrentei tér – Lánchíd utca – Clark Ádám tér roundabout – Fő utca – Jégverem utca – Bem embankment route is recommended. This route is parallel to the Bem quay bike path, in addition to the roundabout and the low-traffic Vám utca, you can cycle around here.
  • Those who want to deviate from the pedestrian and bicycle path along the Danube closer to the bridgehead will also have the opportunity to do so at Halász Street and on the north and south sides of the bridgehead.

On the Buda side, a temporary route will be created for pedestrians between the roundabout and the work area, but there will be no designated pedestrian route at the Pest bridgehead, so those who walk there can reach their destination by bypassing Széchenyi Square.

(Cover image: In connection with the Chain Bridge renovation, Clark Ádám Square is being rebuilt, and a new, wider roundabout is being built on June 7, 2021. Photo: Zoltán Máthé / MTI)

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