Náměstí Republiky metro entrance to close

Access to the B line station will be possible from Masarykovo nádraží

The entrance to Náměstí Republiky metro station on the B line will be closed in the direction of the Palladium shopping center from Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. The expected duration of renovations is approximately eight months.

During that time, passengers will be able to use the entrance and exit at Masarykovo nádraží, about 250 meters away from the closed entry. Work will not hinder access to the Palladium mall or other businesses.

Regular tram lines can be used for the one-stop journey from náměstí Republiky to Masarykovo nádraží.

The most complicated work will be done during the night hours, and the subway will remain in operation during the day. The construction is expected to be completed in August 2018. The total costs will reach about Kč 239 million (excluding VAT).

The Prague Public Transit Company. (DPP) is replacing the escalators and installing new lighting fixtures, including in the ceilings in the vestibule and subway. Preparatory work began at the beginning of November.

“Exchanging the type of escalators is essential. For Prague, it is important that in the long run that the passenger service is excellent,” Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) said on the City Hall website.

The renovation will involve the replacement of three escalators, including exchanging of power cables, switchboards, and automated control system, and modernizing low-voltage equipment, electrical signaling, and other technologies.

The work includes the repair of leaks in the escalator tunnel, repair and replacement of damaged tiles and paving, repair to the ceiling and new lighting throughout the vestibule and subway. The new escalators will have reduced energy efficiency, increased safety, and reduced fire risk.

Martin Gillar, CEO, and chairman of the DPP board said the company is proceeding systematically to replace obsolete escalators that are still in some metro stations.

Prior to the start and on the first days of the closure, announcements will be made station directly in Náměstí Republiky station. There will also be information boards at both entrances.

At the start of the renovations from 7 am to 7 pm, people with reflective vests will be giving information in Czech and English to passengers at the Náměstí Republiky metro station.

Náměstí Republiky station was opened in 1985. It is 110 meters long and is about 40 meters deep. The architects were Anna Hübschmannová and Evžen Kyllar.

This is no the only station undergoing some work.

Renovations to the Muzeum metro stop on the A line took a break over the holidays. The platform in the direction of Depo Hostivař is again in operation. On Jan. 3, 2018, the second phase of work will begin. The platform will be closed toward the Nemocnice Motol station until May 20. Riders headed in that direction who want to transfer to the C line will have to go to Můstek and come back one stop.

Construction work at Muzeum includes repairs of water leaks, construction of a stainless drainage system, and replacement of stone pillars and tiles. A new lighting system and a station control system is being installed, including a station radio and passenger monitoring system,

A third phase will follow at the end of August, which will include work in the station tunnel that will take place at night. The station will also be closed some weekends, and announcements will be made at the time. A final fourth phase will follow in September to finish all the work on the station.

The main entrance to the Anděl metro stop at Plzeňská Street remains closed until June 2018. The escalators that were built in 1985 will be replaced, and repairs will be made to the drainage system.

During the time the main entrance is closed, the station will still be accessible from the bus station at Na Knížecí, approximately 300 meters away. Several buses and trams go from Na Knížecí or nearby to the intersection of Plzeňská Street at Nádražní or Stroupežnického Streets.

After repairs at Anděl are finished, the station at Karlovo náměstí on the B line will also have its escalator fixed and other work is done. The Palackého náměstí entrance will remain open.

The Dejvická station on line A will have its lighting replaced next year but the station will not be closed.

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