Metro D still may go to Vysočany

The city wants to add the proposed route to the Municipal Plan

The Prague municipal administration wants to make provisions to extend the planned Metro D line in the direction of Žižkov and Vysočany, according to City Councilor Matěj Stropnický (Greens), head of the city’s transport committee.

While the route of the Metro D line from Písnice to Pankrác is already designed and stops to Náměstí Míru are projected, where it will extend after that so far has not been finalized. The route is intended to connect the south of Prague with the city center.

Extending the line to Žižkov and further to Jarov and Vysočany was suggested a few years ago. The route is defined in the current Metropolitan Plan only as a territorial reserve. This favored option so far has a shorter and cheaper one to Náměstí Republiky.

The Metropolitan Plan is being revised, and the city wants to convert the reserve status for the Vysočany route into a binding proposal in the current plan.

“This is important to enable the city to buy and accumulate land for future construction. … It is precisely because this was not done quickly enough in the past in the southern part [from Pankrác to Písnice] is a source of problems,” Stropnický said.

Problems in acquiring the land for the planned Metro D stations have caused long delays in starting the Metro D project.

The City Council at its Thursday meeting should instruct the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) to make the changes to the Municipal Plan. In the past, IPR developed an analysis to extend route D from Vinohrady to Náměstí Republiky.

As previously reported, the new line will use driverless trains. Work should finally be starting on Metro D. The construction cost for the planned metro D line for eight stations from Pankrác to Depo Písnice should be Kč 39.7 billion.

Construction on the Pankrác to Olbrachtova section is to begin in the first phase. Subsequently, construction will be extended to the Nové Dvory stop and then to Depo Písnice.

A geological survey that will take about a year should begin this summer for the section between Pankrác and Nové Dvory. It should end in about August 2019. The survey will take place in four places and will cost about Kč 1 billion. Construction will take place after the survey is completed.

Originally, construction on the metro D line was planned to start in 2010 but for various reasons that never happened.

The Prague metro began operation in 1974 and now has three lines with 61 stations. It currently has a transit network 65.2 kilometers long.

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