One of Budapest's busiest squares, the constantly buzzing Blaha Lujza Square in District VIII, is set to be completely refurbished by the end of 2019, with the renovations estimated to cost approximately 1.8 billion forints (5.8 million euros). According to the current plans, some parts of the square will be made more pedestrian-friendly, while car traffic will also be better controlled.
According to renovation plans, the green areas of Blaha Lujza Square’s central section will be tidied up, pedestrian zones will be expanded, functional units will be redesigned, public lights will be modernized, traffic will be better controlled, and new fountains will be established, all by the end of 2019. The reconstruction will also affect nearby areas on Rákóczi Avenue encircled by Kazinczy Street, Szentkirályi Street, and Osvát Street. According to the current plans, the square’s currently unappealing underpass will also be refurbished.
Furthermore, the parking lots outside Corvin Club will be eradicated, while the adjacent narrow road that also passes by the Europeum Shopping Center will be kept to maintain the connection between nearby side streets. Meanwhile, the nearby pedestrian zones on Rákóczi Avenue – stretching from Kazinczy Street and Szentkirályi Street to Osvát Street – will be restructured, while new zebra crossings (which the area around the square has long been lacking) will be established. According to current plans, pedestrian crossings will connect Kazinczy Street and Szentkirályi Street, as well as the two sides of Blaha Lujza Square parallel to the Grand Boulevard. The pavement stretching by the side of the Rókus Hospital will be made more pedestrian-friendly, and if plans to improve traffic control here come to fruition, District VII and District VIII can be less crowded with cars.