Adam Scheinherr, Prague’s deputy for transport, announced that the S-line metro project, ie an underground train connection within the capital, was being moved to the next phase.
All considered options include a stop at Charles Square, Bratří Synků Square and Karlín. The city center is considering several options, such as the Opera stop, Wenceslas Square and the Bridge or a direct connection to the main or Masaryk railway station.
You can see where the proposed Metro S routes will lead in the gallery:
There are several variants of tunnels in the game, which are intended to significantly speed up travel from the Central Bohemian Region to the center of Prague.
For example, trains from Beroun would enter the tunnel behind Smíchov Railway Station, stop at Charles Square, the State Opera and Florence, where they would come to the surface again and continue out of Prague. Trains from Benešov would stop at the new underground stop on Náměstí Bratří Synků and continue through the tunnel to the State Opera and Florenc.
But the final form may be completely different. Over the years, opinions have changed, for example, about the preservation of Masaryk Railway Station or the connection to Václav Havel Airport. For example, the airport should not have a high-speed train according to the traditional metro, but only a turn-off from the railways to Kladno.
The public should soon see the name of the author of a future study to describe specific variants of each route.
“The project will soon get the author of the feasibility study and Prague will have a strong voice in its creation,” Scheinherr promised on his Facebook on Wednesday.
“The city is currently preparing spatial planning documentation and projects such as the Smíchov terminal, the Náměstí Bratří Synků metro station and the new barrier-free entrance to the Karlovo náměstí metro station.
In 2017, Marek Zděradička, Director of the Infrastructure Section at the Institute of Planning and Development of the Capital City of Prague (IPR), promised, then with Transport Councilor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD), that the first passengers could take the metro line S within twenty years. During the first three years, the project was delayed a year.
“We would like it (feasibility study) to be commissioned within two years at the latest, so that in five to seven years it will be clear which variant will finally be prepared and designed,” said Zděradička three years ago.