“For the sake of safe railway traffic the railway company has decided that until further notice it will have no trains departing from Budapest directly to Western Europe. The international tickets will be accepted on domestic trains,” state-owned railway company MÁV said in a statement.
Viktor Váczi, deputy spokesman for MÁV told state-owned newswire MTI that in the current situation Western Europe is accessible from Hungary by train only from the stations directly at the western and northern borders. From then passengers can use the trains of other (foreign) railway companies, from Hegyeshalom and Szob.
MÁV spokeswoman Virág Lőcsei told news portal origo.hu that the measure is affecting the trains leaving for Bratislava and Prague. Trains heading for Western Europe may be boarded also in Győr and Hegyeshalom, she added. She noted that the Keleti railway station has been reopened for the public and the police have been withdrawn from there. MTI reported that migrants and refugees streamed into the station and the platforms are already full.
MÁV keeps informing passengers that direct trains to Western Europe have been cancelled but domestic trains heading for the border may be used. Index reported that the announcements are mostly made in Hungarian and only once or twice in English, but it does not really matter because people cannot hear it the huge ruckus.
According to Index, trains have been run over, people even climbed through windows to get inside, in hope that they can finally get out of Budapest and closer to a better life. The message has finally got through and the masses disembarked the train but remained on the platform.
Basically, there is total chaos at the station. No one, even police officers present have no idea what will happen next.
What is going on at the Hungarian railway company?
- Thousands of refugees / migrants have been stock in the transit zone at Budapest’s Keleti railway station for days, as MÁV did not let passengers without valid documents board trains to Vienna, Austria and Munich, Germany.
- On Tuesday morning the station was closed by authorities for about an hour, when no trains were allowed to arrive or depart. The station was evacuated.
- There were reports last week that Germany is willing to take in any refugee from Syria that is part of the reason why those stranded in Hungary want to move on as soon as possible.
- The German Embassy in Budapest issued a statement on Wednesday evening, saying that the Dublin Regulation is the applicable European legislation, under which asylum seekers must register in the country where they first entered the European Union.