Parking lots in Prague 6 and 7 facing delays

The opening of underground lots are behind schedule

There are more delays with opening the underground parking near the Blanka tunnel and Prague Castle. The parking has long been promised to residents of Prague 6 and 7, who face a shortage of parking spaces. The opening had been promised for the spring, but that is now uncertain.

One problem is the parking facility at the Blanka tunnel was made with insufficient air conditioning, and the company that was responsible for it is now insolvent, Prague spokesman Vít Hofman told daily Pražský deník. The city is trying to find a new company to fix the problem. The city is also looking for a company to operate the garage and should find one by June.

Another parking garage near U Prašného mostu street is not finished yet. The city is seeking a contractor to finish the remaining work. The situation should be resolved by the end of the year, Hofman said.

The administrations of Prague 6 and 7 are not pleased with the delays. Prague 7 Deputy Mayor Ondřej Mirovský said it was important to get the new parking spaces open as soon as possible, and that they had been scheduled to be in operation before the tunnel opened. The city plans to plant seven trees near the Blanka tunnel, with will also take up more parking spots. The Blanka parking lot should have some 850 places, of which 300 would be for residents.

The lot U Prašného mostu street would provide 350 spaces. Prague 6 spokesman Martin Churavý said the lot was very important to the district as it would help to relieve the parking situation on the streets of the district.

The city also wants to determine whether people will pay a monthly fee for a guaranteed underground parking spot, which in the end would be more expensive than the annual Kč 1,200 fee to park in blue zones above ground, where spaces are not guaranteed.

Aside from local residents, the underground parking spots should also serve visitors to the city, Defense Ministry officials and Prague Castle officials.

Pressure on parking in Prague 6 and 7 has been created in part by the Blanka tunnel bringing more cars in to the area. The Blanka tunnel opened in September 2015 after several years of delays. Parts of Prague 6 and 7 also have parking zones that limit where residents can park and for how long. Other zones in the area are for paid short-term parking.

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