Zdeněk Hřib, the Mayor of Prague, Adam Scheinherr, the Deputy Mayor of Transport have launched the construction works for Prague metro Line D which will start on the Pankrác – Olbrachtova (I.D1a) section.
“This is definitely one of the most important moments I am experiencing as mayor. After more than 40 years, we are starting the construction of a new line of the Prague metro. This is one of the most important current investments not only for Prague, but also for the entire Czech Republic,” the mayor said.
This first section is the most complex part of the entire route including the construction of two stations, one of which is a transfer. Along the 3 km metro section with various tunnels the construction will take place in six locations for the next 90 months. The section will be constructed by the consortium of Subterra, Hochtief CZ, Hochtief Infrastructure, Strabag and Ed. Züblin, under a CZK 13.75 billion (EUR 563 million) contract awarded in 2021.
CZK 14.54 billion (EUR 595.4 million) is the total cost of the I.D1a section, including monitoring systems and certification.
The construction of the Line D is divided into four successive sections. Work started on I.D1a section, the most demanding section, for which the construction will take up to 7 years. This will be followed by the Olbrachtova – Nové Dvory (I.D1b) section. The public transport company DPP will soon announce the public contract for the contractor of and plans to start construction in autumn 2023. Three stations will be built in this phase and three interstation tunnels, from Olbrachtova station. The third section (I.D3) will start from Pankrác towards the center of Prague, on the Náměstí Bratří Synků – Náměstí Míru route. Its construction is expected to start in 2024.
The I.D2 is the simplest section and the last section where the construction work will take only about 4 years starting 2025. The line will be served by 3 stations and one depot at Písnice.
“Prague metro Line D is not just a reaction to the long-term unresolved traffic situation in the southern part of the city. It is also an opportunity for further development, leisure, new housing for the citizens and business opportunities. In addition to quality public transport, the metro also brings new potential and life to the area. At the same time, it is an opportunity for existing infrastructure,” Adam Scheinherr said.
The fully automated Prague metro Line D will be 10.6 km long served by ten stations from Náměstí Míru to the Písnice Depot. CZK 97.79 billion (EUR 4 billion) is the estimated value of the entire project expected to be completed by the end of 2029.
On April 20, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced it will evaluate the Pankrác – Nové Dvory second section proposing a CZK 22763 million (EUR 934 million) financing for the CZK 45.5 billion (EUR 1.86 billion) estimated cost. The EIB financing will also support the procurement of 10 five-car trains.
“We are negotiating a loan with the European Investment Bank, and we continue to call on the state to provide financial assistance to Prague with this supra-regional transport construction project,” Pavel Vyhnánek, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Prague said at the ceremony held on April 21, at the Pankrác station.