The Prague-Eden stop will be christened by a convoy of railcars, the access will be temporary for the time being
The stop will serve the S9 line between Prague and Benešov in a temporary mode.
On Sunday, Prague will see a new generously designed railway stop at the Slavia football stadium. On Friday, the Prague-Eden stop will be ceremoniously opened by the railway administration convoy, with the Sunday opening of which for ordinary travel, the history of the Prague-Strašnice stop will be definitively closed.
The stop is part of the newly built four-track corridor between Vršovice and Hostivaří. The railway administrators compare the buildings with their significance for the city to the metro. The opening of the stop is also marked as the biggest change in the timetable of Prague Integrated Transport trains (overview below).
Nevertheless, Eden will be exceptional in several respects. For example, the railway administration is testing a new type of tile surface of platforms, which has interlocking paving used so far. “The new type of surface should not absorb as much pollution. These are different mixtures. Compared to interlocking paving, the price is about three times higher, but I think it’s worth it, “ Jiří Svoboda, the head of SŽ, told the daily Zdopravy.cz recently. The roofing of platforms, the so-called swallows, is similarly unusual. The railway administration has chosen a solution with “stitching” of structures and networks, so that the roofs act as a single unit. It is a pilot project to test maintenance skills and patience.
The stop will serve the S9 line between Prague and Benešov, so far in a temporary mode. Work will continue, for example, on part of the track or on the completion of the underpass. Access will be from the stadium via temporary wooden stairs over the old Strašnice track, where the operation will definitely end. Just the end of the operation will allow the completion of the underpass. The excavation is to take several weeks, and is generally to be completed in Eden in May. Subsequently, in the autumn of next year, a new Zahradní Město station is to be opened a short distance away from Prague, where a transfer hub with public transport is being created. The Vršovice railway station is also undergoing a complete reconstruction.
The total amount of costs for the entire section from the southern portals of the Vinohrady Tunnel to Hostivař is estimated at 5.35 billion crowns. The construction will take place from June 2018, it should be completed in a year. The corridor is being built by the association of Metrostav, Swietelsky Rail CZ and SMP CZ.
Nevertheless, Eden is not the only stop that will open to the public with the start of the new timetable. The ceremonial opening of the Karlovy Vary arena stop on line 149 Karlovy Vary Dolní nádraží – Mariánské Lázně will take place this afternoon. The new stop near the winter stadium is intended to serve mainly visitors to the sports complex in Tuhnice.
The main changes in the regional transport of Czech Railways in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region
Trains in the order of the capital city of Prague will run a total of 5,027 million train-kilometers (-1.53%) during the validity of the 2020/21 timetable, and a total of 16.91 million train-kilometers (+ 0.56%) in the order of the Central Bohemian Region. The decrease in the order near Prague is caused by the opening of the Negrelli viaduct (in the old timetable, the trains were ordered by a “detour” through Holešovice), and the new line through Eden is shorter. The increase in the Central Bohemian Region is related to the lifting of some holiday restrictions, the strengthening of traffic on line 172 and minor modifications in the entire region. A total of 2,136 regional (passenger or express) trains will run in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region, ie 1,722 per day.
• Commencement of operation on the new line 221 in the area of Vršovice, Strašnice, Zahradní Město
From the beginning of the validity of the new timetable, the old line will be abandoned, including the stops Praha-Strašnice zast. and trains will run on a new line with a new stop Prague-Eden. The opening of new stops in Prague-Zahradní Město is expected during the summer holidays in 2021.
• Expansion of traffic in the afternoon rush hour on the line 172 Zadní Třebaň – Lochovice
In the afternoon rush hour on Friday, an hourly interval will be introduced between trains on the entire line, in Friday traffic today’s “short” trains to / from Litno to / from Lochovice will be extended.
• Extension of connections S7 Beroun – Prague hl.n. at the peak of working days again to Český Brod
From 13 December 2020, at the peak of working days, the connections of the S7 Beroun – Prague Hl.n. line will be extended again. to Český Brod (and similarly in the opposite direction). At the end of 2021, however, the operation of these transit connections may be restricted again, the details of which will be specified according to the procedure of exclusion works.