A fourth metro line in Prague has been on the city’s agenda for decades, but work may finally be moving ahead on the project.
On Wednesday, a supervisory board confirmed the decision by the board of directors at DPP, Prague’s public transportation authority, to move ahead with construction on the first half of the project between Pankrác and Nové Dvory.
The first part of the Metro D line would connect to Prague’s C Line at Pankrác, with an additional four stations continuing south at Olbrachtova, Nádraží Krč, Nemocnice Krč, and Nové Dvory.
While DPP has given the go-ahead on the operation, one final measure must be secured: reaching an agreement with the private landowners who control the land at the two Krč locations.
“As far as Nové Dvory is concerned, it can be built once the city has agreed with one owner who controls the land at Nemocnice Krč and Nádraží Krč,” a member of the supervisory board told iDnes.cz.
The city has already reached a memorandum of cooperation with the private landowners, however, and construction is expected to to begin on the new line without any problems. Work is slated to begin on the first half of Prague’s Metro D line next year, with a completion date of 2023.
The initial five-station stretch would be just the first stage of development on Prague’s new Metro D line, however.
Current plans call for the line to extend out from both directions, with three additional stops from Nové Dvory at Libuš, Písnice, and Depo Písnice, and others extending further into the city center.
From Pankrác, two new stations are planned at Botič and Náměstí bratří Synků, with the Metro D line ultimately reaching Náměstí Míru and the existing Metro A line.
Those stages, however, are further from completion, with the city still looking at methods of obtaining the land necessary to build them. On Tuesday, a proposal by Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek to move ahead with current plans failed to pass.