Government and City Hall officials planning to transform the city centre
Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek and Prague Mayor Pavel Bém on Tuesday signed a memorandum on a proposed makeover of the Prague city centre. The plans include revamping the Czech capital’s somewhat jaded main thoroughfare Wenceslas Square and redirecting the busy four-lane road (the so-called magistrála), at its top end. The ambitious project could be launched in three years’ time.
Traffic congestion in the city centre has been a matter of debate for years and although the memorandum is not legally binding, it is an important step towards finding an effective solution to the problem. According to Mayor Pavel Bém, the project could be launched in 2011 at the earliest and the most optimistic visions see it completed by 2014.
“It will be a city boulevard, with administrative buildings and shopping centres; but mainly with intelligent infrastructure. So this part of the city will dramatically change and will offer the citizens of Prague as well as tourists new services, new functions and a cultural centre.”
“The aim is to make Wenceslas Square more accessible for the citizens of Prague and visitors, to offer better conditions for tourism and change it into a cultural centre. I think it’s a very good decision and I am proud that I am the prime minister who is making these changes to the city centre.”
Photo: Gerald Schubert