Prague will start construction of Metro D next year

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The construction of the first part of a new “D” line of the Prague metro will start in 2022.

The line – which will feature driverless trains – will initially run from Pankrác to the still unbuilt Depo Písnice station in the south of the city before being extended later.

At first, 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 transport investment in the country

According to the City of Prague, the estimated total costs for this ambitious project will amount to approximately CZK 52 billion (EUR 2 billion). Commenting on the large sum, Deputy Mayor of Prague for Transport Adam Scheinherr said:

“Metro D is currently the biggest transport investment in the Czech Republic. The first section of Metro D from Pankrác to Nové Dvory will cost 52 billion Czech Crowns and we will have important financing negotiations – with the banks, the EU and the state, which normally co-finance such large urban projects in ‘foreigner. I am happy that today we have gained the confidence of the representatives of Prague from all political parties for this enormous 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 change from Metro Line C to Pankrác. The construction of Metro D is expected to take around 7.5 years, with the Pankrác – Olbrachtova section being the longest.

The construction of the line was approved by the city of Prague in 2013 and was originally 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 the subject of 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 permission has already been granted, and major changes would cause further delays as the process would have to start over .

The Prague Metro was put into service in 1974 and today has three lines with 61 stations. It has a 65.2 kilometer long transit network.

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