The heads of the Prague transit authority are to meet on Monday to discuss the selection of the new director. The former head of the Public Transport Company (DPP), Vladimír Lich, was unexpectedly sacked in mid-August and was replaced by interim director Magdalena Češková. Neither Lich nor Češková are expected to be reappointed. DPP is the largest company controlled by Prague City Hall. The selection committee for the new chief will be made up of city hall and company representatives.
Prague transit authority sent out dozens of staffers to the streets of the capital on Friday to inform travellers of major changes to the transportation system, a day before they come into effect. The city-owned company will cut several tram and bus lines, move some transfer points and introduce cross-city bus lines. The authority plans to save up to 400 million crowns through the makeover which has however come under heavy criticism from the public and a number of NGOs.
Four Lufthansa flights between Prague and Frankfurt were cancelled on Friday due to a strike by the German carrier’s cabin staff. The strike began at 5 AM and lasted for eight hours. The four cancelled flights included two Prague-bound flights arriving at 9:05 and 11:25, and two Frankfurt-bound connections leaving at 9:50 and 12:10, a spokeswoman for Prague airport said. Lufthansa cancelled over 200 flights due to the strike.
The construction of a new elephant and hippo pavilion at Prague Zoo will cost more than originally expected: 519 million crowns instead of the original 431 originally agreed with the Skanska, the company in charge. The rise in the cost is tied to unforeseen construction costs as well as project-related analysis, Czech Radio’s Regina said.
Three streets in Prague’s Dolní Chabry district will be named after Czech hockey players who lost their lives in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl tragedy last year. Josef Vašíček, Jan Marek, Karel Rachůnek and 40 others (including crew members) on board their plane died at the scene when the aircraft crashed during take-off; one of two survivors died later in hospital. All three of the Czech players were added to the Czech Hockey Hall of Fame last year; the decision to name streets in their honour was taken by the Prague council.
Two major sewer accidents on Sunday caused road closings and fears of water outages in northern and north western districts of Prague. Prague Water and Sewer Company is working on repairs on Evropská streets in Prague’s Dejvice district. A water pipeline burst resulting from top soil falling in in six places in a nearby field. Over 10 000 people may have to face disruption in water supply. Repairs on Evropská should be finished by midnight on Monday. Another sewer accident on Prosecká street in Prague-Libeň caused a crater, approximately five meters wide and three meters deep, to form in the middle of the road. Traffic on the road may be renewed within days, but full repairs may take up to three weeks.
A hailstorm halted traffic along the train route from Prague to Hradec Králové on Wednesday afternoon; the storm damaged safety equipment in two stations along the route leading to a more than one hour delay in both directions. The stations that saw damage were Velký Osek and Převýšov. Travel along the route has since resumed but delays in the area are still expected, a spokeswoman confirmed.
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