We change, we speed up
Railway is going to radically renew in the coming years. MÁV and its subsidiaries – partially with help from the Union – get sources, which make it possible for the passengers of the railway company to travel on trains that are truly of the quality of the 21st century.
In the Transportation Operative Program (TOP) of 2007-2013, HUF 753 billion is available for the implementation of railway projects, from the own resources of MÁV, it intends to spend a further HUF 197 billion on development during this period. The railway company uses the resources of the European Union primarily for the renovation of the main lines, but the renovation of the lines linked to these lines is also an important goal for MÁV. MÁV speeded up its vehicle development program. As regards passenger transportation, it plans to increase the quality of services on the Budapest suburban and inter-city lines being in the focus (renovation of vehicles, procurement of used and new vehicles).
Besides the Siemens Desiro diesel motor units having been running on the rails of MÁV since 2002, the modern Stadler FLIRT electric motor units were also put into operation in the spring of 2006. By March 2008, all 30 FLIRT motor trains bought by the railway company had arrived. Out of the Bombardier Talent electric motor units bought in 2007, to the satisfaction of the passengers, several are already in operation on the lines of MÁV. 300 renewed German carriages, recently bought by MÁV, play a vital role in the summer traffic of the Balaton lines. Regarding the international passenger transport, it is important to outline that there is no need to change the locomotives at the Austrian-Hungarian border any more. This is due to the fact that 10 pieces of Siemens Taurus locomotives owned by MÁV-TRAKCIÓ Co. are operated on this line. These locomotives are dual current electric ones, which means that they can be operated on the Austrian electricity network which is different from the Hungarian one. A seamless international passenger transport without change of locomotive is not only economical but also makes it possible to shorten the travelling time.
Operation as a group
With the formation of MÁV Group and the continual transformation of the organisation, a modern operational form was established, which provides the most efficient operational frameworks for all members of the group. Subsequent to the privatisation of MÁV Cargo, MÁV Group remaining under state ownership will have the opportunity to prove that it can operate a competitive railway company even under market circumstances.
MÁV Co., the leader of the group
Its task is the protection of the assets of the complete infrastructure, the increase of investments, the fluent development of the railway as a whole and the concentration of the forces of the independent subsidiaries.
The modernisation of a railway line of a total length of nearly 350 kilometres is in progress in the frame of eight separate projects, mainly on the lines, which constitute a part of the Hungarian sections of the Pan-European corridors. The first realised result of the development of the suburban railway is the direct railway link running to the terminal Ferihegy 1.
MÁV Co. Infrastructure Business Unit
Established in 2005, the Infrastructure Business Unit operating within MÁV Co. is responsible for the operation, maintenance, renovation and development of the nearly 7.600 km railway network and the associated railway equipment (engineering facilities, telecommunications, high tension and safety equipment) as well as the sale of infrastructure services, the planning, conducting, supervision and control of rail traffic.
Safety, timetable compliance, economical operation and the maintenance of a reliable infrastructure are the key components of the Unit’s quality policy. They are supported by an ISO 9001:2001 compliant quality management system.
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MÁV-START Co., passenger transportation flagship
MÁV-START Railway Passenger Transport Co. was created on 1 July 2007 through the reorganisation of the Passenger Transport Division of Hungarian State Railways Co. into a separate company with over 7000 employees. The Passenger Transport Company operates 3226 vehicles of which it owns 801, while the rest are leased from MÁV Co.
Its task is the fast improvement of the services in connection with passenger transportation, for example the development of suburban transportation, the introduction of the timetables accommodating the most to the travel patterns as extensively as possible, installation of ticket machines, which have successfully been operating on several railway stations, on further stations, improvement of passenger information and certainly the modernisation of the passenger vehicle fleet.
The Passenger Transport Company has introduced periodic timetables on almost twenty railway lines, which has increased the frequency of trains and optimised connections, while pick-up facilities for tickets purchased on-line are provided at 40 locations. The company wishes to develop its ticket sales system further using the technological advances of the 21st century. Plans include ticket sales using mobile phones in a system integrated with the existing on-line solution.
Our objective is to operate MÁV-START Co. as a reliable railway company offering complex services that meets the requirements of passengers and clients at a high standard of quality, and this requires predictable financing. The conclusion of the public service contract plays an exceptionally important role in creating that background: the contract has established a well-regulated relationship between the state as client and the Company as service provider.
The company is committed to providing quality services and its operations are characterised by the implementation of the highest standards of quality. We consider it our mission to generate value and to promote the careful preservation of the value created for our passengers, our staff and our shareholders.
MÁV-TRAKCIÓ Railway Traction Co.
As of 1 January 2008, MÁV Co. organised its traction operations into a separate company, MÁV-TRAKCIÓ Railway Traction Private Company Limited by Shares. The new company took over the employees of the parent company who had worked in the traction sector, a total of some 5,100 people.
MÁV-TRAKCIÓ Railway Traction Private Company Limited by Shares performs passenger and freight transport related traction and shunting activities at the demand of railway passenger transport providers (amongst them MÁV-START Co.), freight transport providers (amongst them MÁV Cargo Co. and CER Co.) and infrastructure operators (e.g. MÁV Co. Railway Infrastructure Division) in addition to Záhony-Port Co.
In May 2008, MÁV-TRAKCIÓ Co. was provided with the license for freight forwarding operations and in July 2008 it has received a safety certificate as well. The company has an independent quality management system and it is certified in conformance with ISO 9001:2000 standard that was issued by one of the biggest international certifying organizations, by TÜV Rheiland InterCert Co. in January 2009.
The mission of MÁV-TRAKCIÓ Co. is to meet the traction demand of Hungarian public rail services at the required standard of quality, at the lowest possible cost and in a flexible manner. The traction company intends to play an active role in the development of railway traffic in Hungary through the provision of reliable and modern traction and shunting services while it also wishes to establish closer cooperation with the state-held and private railway companies of Hungary and the neighboring countries.
The most important objective of MÁV-TRAKCIÓ Co. is to provide modern, competitive, reliable and continuously improving services to its business partners and clients. The traction company intends to retain its leading role in the railway traction markets of Hungary and the neighboring countries through meeting the traction requirements of domestic railway companies and through introducing innovative solutions.
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MÁV-GÉPÉSZET Railway Vehicle Maintenance and Repairs Co.
MÁV-GÉPÉSZET Railway Vehicle Maintenance and Repairs Co. has started its operation on 1 January 2008. The basic activities of the company are full maintenance, repair and modernization of railway rolling stock. These activities are carried out by a network of repair centres situated all over the country, including the Northern and Szolnok Railway Vehicle Maintenance centres. In both centres full maintenance of locomotives, bogies and electric engines are carried out. Besides these, there are seven “regional maintenance centres” that deliver regular maintenance and small and medium repairs. There are a little bit more than 5000 employees at the company.
The traditional main customers of MÁV-GÉPÉSZET Co. are MÁV-START Co. providing passenger transport (passenger cars, motor coaches and motor units) and MÁV-TRAKCIÓ Co. providing traction (electric and diesel locomotives).
Besides traditional partners, MÁV-GÉPÉSZET Co. expects orders from foreign railway undertakings as well to perform works related to the basic activities of the company such as major overhauls and modernization of locomotives. Regarding the electric drives, MÁV-GÉPÉSZET Co. is not only dealing with the modernization of the electric equipment, traction engines used at the locomotives, but can also perform the major overhaul of the electric equipment of non-railway vehicles.
Among the medium-term strategic objectives of the company, it is of great importance to keep the volume of the maintenance and repair of railway vehicles by having a flexible approach to the needs of the domestic and the foreign railway vehicle market segment. Moreover, the cooperation with the members of MÁV Group could be further strengthened.
Záhony-Port Railway Company Co.
The Záhony relaying facility is the railway complex with the greatest cargo traffic in Hungary, handling some 4 to 5 million tonnes of goods per year. The area is a point of connection between different gauge railway systems (point of connection with the Ukrainian wide-gauge railway), and the facility is indispensable for the relaying of cargo travelling by rail in both directions.
MÁV Co. established the new company as of 1 July 2007 for the operation of the inland port where eastbound traffic was increasing. Building on the over fifty years of experience in relaying cargo, the company is planning continuous, quality oriented developments in line with market requirements and expects further reinforcement of its role as “the unavoidable gateway to the East”.
|The most important figures of the operation of MÁV Group (2010)|
|Name||Unit of measurement||Quantity|
|Total length of railway line||km||7476|
|Length of international basic network||km||2641|
|Length of electrified railway line||km||2659|
|Number of stations||pcs||657|
|Number of stops (loading terminals included)||pcs||833|
|Number of locomotives running||pcs||900|
|Total number of passengers||persons||137,3 Million|
|Total passenger kilometre||km||7548 Million|