A stretch of the C-line of Prague’s metro will be out of operation
throughout the three-day weekend due to scheduled repair work on the
tracks, the Prague Transport Authority says on its web page.
Trains will not run between the stations Muzeum and Pražského povstání from early Saturday until late Monday night. A substitute bus service XC will be in place.
There will also be traffic restrictions on Čechův bridge and Libeň bridge.
Prague councillors have reached an agreement with private land owners in
Krč needed to further construction of the city metro’s planned D line.
Under the agreement, the city should pay the owners about 10 million crowns a year to lease the land along the metro route.
The first part of the D line will connect to Prague’s C Line at Pankrác, with four more stations continuing south including two in the Krč district.
Eventually the line – which may feature driverless trains – will run from Pankrác in central Prague to the as yet unbuilt Depo Písnice in the south, before being extended later.
The Prague City Council decided on Monday to launch a geological survey for
Metro line D, which should connect the city centre with the southern
outskirts of the city. It is the first step in the construction of the
city’s long-planned fourth metro line.
The first phase of the project will involve the construction of a section between the current Pankrác station on line C and a new station in the Písnice district. Subsequently, the fourth line of the Prague Metro should extend from Pankrác to the Náměstí Míru station in the city centre.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said that starting the geological survey for the metro line is one of the coalitions goals for the first half of this year.
Plans for constructing a fourth metro line in the Czech capital are nearly as old as Prague’s first metro station. Yet they have proceeded at a snail’s pace, with multiple delays. The recently elected mayor has pledged to begin construction during his time in office, but a recent review of old contracts threatens to slow progress again.
Services were temporarily interrupted on the A (green) line of the Prague
Metro system on Sunday morning after water seeped into the Bořislavka
station. The section of the line between the stations Náměstí Míru and
Petřiny was closed in both directions.
A spokesperson for the city’s transport authority said heavy equipment beneath the tunnel at Bořislavka had damaged it and caused the seepage.
Prague council has instructed the Prague Institute of Planning and
Development to change the city’s territorial plan to allow for the
building of a further section of a planned new “D” Metro line. The
addition to the underground rail network should run northeast from
Náměstí Míru to Žižkov and then on to Vysočany. However, it is not
yet clear what precise route it will follow or where it will have stations.
The first part of the D line should run from Písnice in the south of the city to Pankrác, which should later be connected to Náměstí Míru. Discussions about constructing a fourth Metro line began in the 1980s.
An anti-corruption watchdog has accused Prague city council leaders of rushing into a multi-billion crown joint venture connected with a new metro line without public discussion and explanations of what is involved. Transparency International warns that in the wake of previous big budget city scandals, it could another case of act in haste and regret at leisure.
Corruption watchdog Transparency International has sounded the alarm over
what it describes as undue haste by Prague City Council’s municipal
transport company to push through a joint venture deal with development
company Penta for part of a new metro line in the capital.
A final decision to clear the joint venture for developing stations and surroundings on the new D line should be cleared by the transport company board on Wednesday.
Transparency says many key questions about the venture and its ramifications have not been answered. Taking a few more months to iron out issues in a project likely to last 15-20 years and valued around 60 billion crowns would not cost anything, Transparency says.
The whole of the Prague Metro system should have mobile phone coverage by the year 2022 after the supervisory board of the city’s transport authority this week approved a deal with a consortium of mobile operators. The first stage of the rollout should begin on part of the C (or red) line this year.