Prague to start construction of metro D next year

Construction of the first part of a new “D” line of the Prague Metro will begin in 2022.

The line, which will consist of driverless trains, will initially link Pankrác to the still unbuilt Depo Písnice station in the south of the city, before being subsequently extended.

Initially, the metro will be built between Pankrác and Nove Dvory stations, then it will continue to Depo Písnice, and in the future, from Pankrac to Namesti miru.

The biggest investment in the country’s transport

According to the city of Prague, the estimated total cost of this ambitious project will amount to around 52 billion Czech crowns (2 billion euros). Commenting on this large sum, the Deputy Mayor of Prague for Transport Adam Scheinherr shared:

“Metro D is currently the biggest investment in transport in the Czech Republic. The first section of metro D from Pankrác to Nové Dvory will cost CZK 52 billion and we will have big negotiations on financing – with the banks, the EU and the state, which normally co-finances such important urban projects in the foreigner. I am happy that today we have won the confidence of the representatives of Prague through the political parties for this huge investment.

The new line will include 5 stations, namely Pankrác, Olbrachtova, Krč station, Krč hospital and Nové Dvory.

In addition, it will also include a modification of the metro line C in Pankrác. Construction of metro D would take around 7.5 years, with the Pankrác – Olbrachtova section being the longest.

Construction of the line was approved by the City of Prague in 2013 and was initially scheduled to be built between 2017 and 2022.

The cost was initially estimated to be at least CZK 25 billion in 2018, the cost increased to CZK 43 billion and in 2020 to CZK 52 billion.

The line is already facing controversy, as some people claim that the planned stations that were designed in 2009 are already obsolete.

Some 2,700 people have signed a petition to have them redesigned, but the city says only minor cosmetic changes can be made since zoning clearance has already been granted, and significant changes would cause further delays as the process would have to start over. .

The Prague Metro started operating in 1974 and now has three lines with 61 stations. It has a public transport network 65.2 kilometers long.

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