The Prague Transport Company (DPP) will start building the new metro line D on 21 April, said Daniel Šabík, head of the company’s communication department, to ČTK.
The first section to be built will be between Pankrác and Nové Dvory and the total cost should be about CZK 52.09 billion.
The 10.6 km metro line will be served by ten stations from Náměstí Míru station (on Line A) crossing the Line C at the Pankrác station and continuing towards the southern area to the Písnice town, situated in the municipal district of Prague 12.
The metro Line D will be constructed in two phases. The first one covers the construction of the line from Pankrác to the depo of Písnice and it will be later extended to the city center and Náměstí Míru station which is designed to allow further extension to the north.
Line D will be Prague’s first automated metro line which will be equipped with the latest generation of CBTC system.
The entire process should be divided into 3 stages.
- Stage 1 – Pankrác to Nové Dvory, 4.1 kilometres long, 5 stations.
- Stage 2 – Nové Dvory to Depo Písnice, 3.8 kilometres long, 3 stations.
- Stage 3 – Pankrác to Náměstí Míru, 2.7 kilometres long, 2 stations.
“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 won the confidence of the representatives of Prague from all political parties for this enormous investment,” said Deputy Mayor of Prague for Transport Adam Scheinherr.
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 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.