Preparation 14 years, construction less than a year. The extension of the tram line from Barrandov begins
The Prague Transport Company has started construction of the first part of the extension of the tram route from the Sídliště Barrandov to Slivence stops. The line will end temporarily at the Holyně stop, will measure about one kilometer and will have two stops. It should be completed in ten months. The costs are about 170 million crowns.
“Such an event happens in Prague once every 20 years and I hope that we will break it with this construction. The last time the construction of a full-fledged line from Hlubočep to Barrandov began in Prague was in 2001,” said the mayor’s deputy for transport Adam Scheinherr (Prague himself). It does not include three shorter extensions to Radlická (2008), Podbaba (2011) and Pankrác (2021).
The double-track line from the Barrandov loop to Holyně will have two stops – the first will be the Kaskády stop, named after the development project of the same name. This will be followed by the Holyně stop, where the track will be temporarily closed. Line number 5 will be extended to Holyně. Last year, as part of the repair of the line from Smíchovské nádraží in Barrandov, the transport company built a connection for a new line at the Barrandov loop.
The preparation of the construction was complicated by property disputes. “It’s the same as every construction in our country, so the complexity of administrative procedures, permitting processes. The length of the processes is similar to that in Ghana. Plus, property rights have been added,” said Scheinherr.
From Holyně, the nearest trams will head to the final stops in Slivenec. “We have some property rights left to be resolved in this part, but we hope that we will be able to follow up on the first stage smoothly,” said Petr Witowski, director of the transport company. The construction from Barrandov to Holyna should be completed within ten months. The exact date when they will run by tram to Sliven has not yet been set.
The transport company, together with the municipality, is also preparing an extension of the route from Modřany to Libuš, the construction of which could begin this year. Now a competition for a designer is announced. “The construction of an extension of the line to Dědina and Vinohradská on Wenceslas Square is also in a more advanced phase,” Witowski added.