Prague metro “D” line shelved

Plans for a new line of the Prague metro will be shelved at least until 2014, Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda said Monday. The mayor told the daily Hospodářské noviny that the construction of the metro line “D” was a dream at the moment and that preparations would stop. Last year Mr Svoboda committed to beginning work on the line before the next local election in spite of budget cuts, with savings to be found within the transportation authority. He now says the renewal of the city’s tram tracks, the completion of metro line A and the construction of D would cost the city 104 billion crowns; meanwhile the city is attempting to postpone the maturity of the transit authority’s multibillion liabilities and determine whether the payment of new trams can be postponed. Metro line A is set to be completed despite the fact that Prague lacks the money to do so.