Prague to Begin Construction on Metro D Next Year

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

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

At the first stage, the metro will be built between the stations Pankrác and Nove Dvory, then it will continue to Depo Písnice, and in the future, from Pankrac to Namesti miru.

Largest transport investment in the country

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

“Metro D is currently the largest transport investment in the Czech Republic. The first section of metro D from Pankrác to Nové Dvory will cost CZK 52 billion and we will have large negotiations on financing – with banks, the EU, and the state, which normally co-finances such important urban projects abroad. I am glad that today we have won the trust of Prague’s representatives across political parties for this huge investment.”

The new line will consist of 5 stations, namely Pankrác, Olbrachtova, Krč Railway Station, Krč Hospital, and Nové Dvory.

Furthermore, it will also include a change to the C Metro line in Pankrác. Construction of the D Metro will reportedly take approximately 7.5 years to complete, with the Pankrác – Olbrachtova section taking the longest.

The construction of the line was approved by the city of Prague in 2013 and was initially planned to be built between 2017 and 2022.

The cost was initially estimated at least at 25 billion CZK in 2018 the cost increased to 43 billion CZK and in 2020 to 52 billion CZK.

The line already faces controversy, as some people claim the planned stations that were designed in 2009 are already outdated.

Some 2,700 people signed a petition to have them redesigned, but the city claims that only minor cosmetic changes can be made since zoning permission has already been granted, and extensive changes would mean further delays as the process would have to start over.

The Prague metro began operation in 1974 and now has three lines with 61 stations. It has a transit network 65.2 kilometers long.

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