Smíchovské nádraží being renovated

The station has not has significant repairs since the 1950s

Smíchovské nádraží, one of the three busiest railway stations in Prague, is being completely renovated. The functionalist station, built in the 1950s, is in poor condition. The Railways Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) has allocated Kč 250 million for repairs and upgrades.

“It will be the most extensive renovation of the building since the 1950s. After its implementation, energy savings, ease of use and comfort will be increased," SŽDC director of passenger railway stations Lukáš Fořt said, according to daily Mladá fronta Dnes.

The current station building was built between 1953 and 1956 and designed by architects Jan Zázvorka and Ladislav Žák. The site has been a rail station since 1862, originally linking Prague to Plzeň.

Modifications will affect the central part and both wings. In the first phase, the railway administration has already replaced all the windows and doors. Construction work is scheduled to begin next year and should finish by the end of 2020.

The work will be done in phases so as to have a minimal impact on passengers, and the station will remain open.

In addition to the renovation of the facade, the interior space will be altered and there will be a new arrangement of retail space in the departure hall. The Post Office branch will also be modified.

The existing restaurant and food court should be expanded, and a place for a supermarket is being sought.

Utilities including heating and toilets will be upgraded. Administrative parts will be renovated and used for employees.

Over the next five years, repairs will take place to tracks and platforms, and underpasses will be extended. The city also plans to build a new bus terminal and passenger car parking lot adjacent to the rail station. These will be joined to the station by a footbridge.

Smíchovské nádraží is not the only station facing renovations. The historical Fantova budova (Fanta Building) of the main train station Hlavní nádraží should be renovated at a cost of Kč 1 billion. Building permits should be issued so work can begin this year. The old and new parts of the station should be better integrated.

The facade and roof should be repaired first, In 2019 work on the interior should start. It should be finished by 2022. The building was built between 1901 and ’09, designed by architect Josef Fanta.

Smaller stations are also being repaired. The renovated Branik station reopened earlier this year, and the railway stations in Čakovice and Horní Počernice are being renovated.

The railway station in Vysočany is likely to be demolished and three new roofed platforms will be built instead. A new check-in building will be constructed in place of the existing station.

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