Prague plans new metro line to serve southern suburbs
Prague City Hall has approved plans to build a new metro line in the capital which should serve the city’s southern districts. The cost of the projected new D line is estimated at 25 billion crowns or more. If Prague secures EU funding for the project, construction could start in 2017 and the line would open five years later.
The idea of building a new metro line in this part of the city has been discussed for years. Last year environmental approval was acquired and a zoning permit is now being processed by the local authorities in Prague 4.
The costs of the first alternative are estimated at 24.7 billion crowns, or around 1.3 billion US dollars. The new line would be connected to the A line at the Pankrác station, and in peak hours, every third train on that line would run on the new route. The other option is to extend the Pankrác station where passengers would transfer to the new line. In this case, the costs would amount to 29 billion crowns.
The D line of the metro is another major transportation project in the capital. Construction is underway on the extension of the metro’s A line from Dejvická to Motol, in the west of the city. The new section should open in 2014.
If Prague secures funding for the project, construction could begin in 2017 and the new line would open by the year 2022. In the future, the city also plans to connect the Pankrác station on line A and Náměstí míru on the B line. This would provide an alternate route to the Nusle Bridge, which is in bad need of a facelift.