On Tuesday, June 26, the Czech government approved the amendments to the law on railway transport, which allow the use of trains without drivers.
The construction of a new fourth metro line in Prague, which will be marked by “D” letter and blue color, will begin by the section from Pankrác to the Olbrachtova station and it should cost 39.7 billion crowns. The first section will also test the operation in automatic mode – without drivers, which will speed up the putting line D to operation.
Construction will be preceded by an archaeological survey which is set to begin this summer and is expected to take about a year.
Construction works on the line will be launched at Pankrác station, outside the Arkády shopping mall. This is where the tunnel boring machines will be brought under the ground. Construction of the Metro’s D route was originally supposed to start in 2010, but it was postponed due to various reasons, including problems with acquiring all of the land.
According to previously released plans, it should be completed by the year 2022 or 2023.
The completion of the metro D construction will also mean a significant improvement of the environment. The amount of pollutants is expected to decrease by almost 60 tons per year. At the same time, the number of cars heading to the center will fall by more than 18 million a year.