Entry and exit from Karlovo náměstí have been closed from October 9, 2018. The closure was so the escalators could be changed to newer models and on new lighting, power distribution, switchboards, and low-current equipment.
Next Friday, 16 August, the metro station will totally reopen.
The whole reconstruction was made by HOCHTIEF CZ – BREMA company. Expected reconstruction costed a total of 225 million CZK, (83.6 paid by European funds).
Similar long-term closures took place last year along the busy transport hubs of Náměstí Republiky and Anděl stations, also on the B line.
Karlovo náměstí is one of the original stops on the Metro B line, which opened in 1985, with stops from Florence to Smíchovské nádraží.
The B line was the third of the three existing lines to start operation. The escalators that are being replaced are from the original construction and have exceeded their planned lifespans. The new escalators are supposed to be safer, more efficient and more reliable.
The Prague Metro opened in 1974. It now has three lines and 61 stations covering a network of over 65 kilometers.
A fourth line, Metro D, is planned and construction should begin in 2019 and last until 2023. The line with extending from the metro C stop at Pankrác to Písnice in the southern part of the city. It should later be extended to Náměstí Míru to join with the A line. The line will use driverless trains.
For more information visit www.dpp.cz/en.