The construction of the tram track in the upper section of Wenceslas Square is likely to be postponed until the beginning of next year.
The delay is a result of the bidding process for the construction company being extended. Previously, both the city representatives and DPP had announced plans to initiate the construction within the current year, with an estimated cost of approximately 1.25 billion CZK excluding VAT.
The tender for the project was announced in September 2022, and the deadline for submitting bids has been extended until July 7 due to information requests from potential participants.
“Given the time required for evaluation, it is highly probable that we won’t start the construction this year since it wouldn’t make sense for the winter season,” said Daniel Šabík, the Head of Communication at the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP).
Trams used to operate in the upper part of Wenceslas Square until 1980.
In comparison to the original layout, the new tram tracks will be positioned on the sides of the square, while a pedestrian promenade will be created in the center.
The project includes the repair of sidewalks and roadways, the addition of greenery, the renovation of the Muzeum metro station, and the construction of an underground rainwater retention tank. The city’s previous plans also involved reducing car traffic on the square, with some vehicles sharing the tram tracks.
Prague has additional plans for the construction of a tram track that will run from the National Museum, passing by the main train station, all the way to Bolzanova Street.
This project is part of an ongoing architectural competition jointly organized by the city and the Railway Administration to determine the design for the reconstruction of the new terminal hall and the surrounding area of the main train station.
Wenceslas Square, originally known as Koňský trh (Horse Market), is 682 meters long and has an approximate width of 60 meters. It was renamed over time, first to Svatováclavské náměstí (Saint Wenceslas Square) and later to Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square).
The reconstruction of the lower section of the square began in 2020 and was mostly completed by the autumn of the following year.
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