Veleslavín Metro Station to Get Escalators at Last

Veleslavín Metro Station to Get Escalators at Last

Prague’s public transport authority made headlines and punch lines back in April 2015 when, upon opening a series of new stations on its A-line metro, a small glitch came to light: the Veleslavín Station, where passengers connect to the 119 airport bus, had no escalators, leaving travellers to hoist their heavy baggage up a flight of imposing stairs.

The problem was solved in a rather comical way: as a temporary measure the city hired porters to assist passengers with all that heavy lifting. 



Ever since, the one-man porter service has operated every day from 7am to 7pm; during the busy summer season reinforcements are called in for additional help.

Now, according to the transport company those knights in yellow vests may just be out of a job.

Escalators are said to be on their way to Veleslavín, having been chosen from a few other options including a just as confounding solution as the porters: a conveyor belt for luggage.

“Currently, we are in the midst of obtaining a construction permit for adding escalators…in 2018 we proceed to implementation,” a spokeswoman for the transport company Aneta Řehková told Novinky.cz.

The publication also interviewed porters who said the job has its, ahem, ups and downs:

“People make fun of me, giving me a light suitcase. First, they [pretend] it is difficult, when in fact it is very lightweight,” said one of the porters.



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