The Prague Transport Company (DPP) has obtained a valid joint permit for the electrification of bus line, 119 from Veleslavín to Václav Havel Airport.
They will now look for a construction company in a tender process. The construction of contact wires should begin at the end of this year.
The costs are tentatively estimated at 300 million crowns. DPP spokeswoman Aneta Řehková announced on Monday. The company is now preparing to electrify other bus lines as well.
“Now it is necessary to complete the property settlement of the construction and announce a public contract for its contractor. I firmly believe that we will be able to start construction at the end of this year or early next year. The construction of the entire infrastructure should take about ten to 12 months,” said DPP Technical Director Jan Šurovský.
DPP will build almost 12 kilometers of overhead lines and four new substations; two of which will be at the final stops, the third will be used for trolleybus and trams to Dědina, and the last will be in the garages of Řepy.
The overhead contact line will cover half of it, the rest will run on battery trolleybuses. DPP is now completing a public tender for the purchase of 20 large-capacity three-cell battery trolleybuses.
After the construction is completed, line 119 will be changed to trolleybus line 59.
In mid-January this year, DPP started operating the first Škoda E’City 36 BB electric bus, which left the Želivského stop on line 213.
The car with alternative propulsion also serves lines number 154 and 124 on an ongoing basis. Another 13 cars should leave at the end of February.
At the beginning of January, the construction of a trolleybus line from Palmovka via Prosek and Letňany to Čakovice began. The construction should take about ten months.
Trolleybus line 58 will run along the new line, which will replace bus line 140. Operation on the line will be provided by 15 new battery trolleybuses, which the transport company will purchase from SOR Libchavy.