Overhead walkway planned for Masarykovo nádraží

A large plaza with greenery will cover the tracks and connect neighborhoods

A new plan for the train station Masarykovo nádraží includes a walkway above the station, instead of the previously proposed underpass. The walkway would join sections of the city that are now separated by the station, and also provide shelter from rain for passengers waiting below.

The plan includes a lawn and flower beds on the station's roof. The walkway is no only for people arriving and exiting the station, but for people who live in the city and need to get across town. The route will significantly reduce the time. It would significantly reduce the time to reach the main train station, Hlavní nádraží.

The new plan connects pedestrian access to the streets Na Florenci, Hybernská and Opletalova, and also has access to the individual platforms at Masarykovo nádraží.

The rooftop walkway will reconnect neighborhoods that have been divided for 170 years.

The 19th century station is being redeveloped by the Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC), which approved the study the companies Jakub Cigler Architekti and Sudop Praha. Documentation needs to be prepared to obtain a zoning decision. SŽDC head Pavel Surý said that implementation could start in 2022.

The estimated costs for the entire renovation of the Masarykovo nádraží is Kč 1.7 billion. The proposed roof walkway would account for roughly a quarter of the cost, between Kč 350 million and 450 million.

The renovation of Masarykovo nádraží is related to the creation of a new railway connection with Kladno and Václav Havel Airport, as Masarykovo nádraží will be the last stop for both routes.

In August, the SŽDC will post a contract for preparing territorial documentation. This can become complicated if interest groups object to the plan. An environmental impact assessment also has to be made. A territorial decision can be expected in mid 2019.

The Penta Group is building a Kč 10 billion administrative district next to Masarykovo nádraží. Petr Palička, who is in charge of Penta's development activities in the Czech Republic, told daily Lidové noviny that his company welcomes the new plan for a public green space that improves the access in the city center.

Masarykovo nádraží was the first railway station in the city to serve steam trains, and is the second oldest railway station in Prague. The oldest is Praha-Dejvice, formerly called Bruska, on the former Lány Horse-drawn Railway.

The Masarykovo nádraží buiding was designed by Antonín Jüngling and the tracks were by Jan Perner. It came into service in 1845 and is now the oldest terminal in Europe. Originally it was on the outskirts of the city.

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