New public transport shelters will cost Prague up to 835 million crowns, supplied by a company belonging to the Eltodo group
The city is preparing a separate tender for advertising operators at stops.
The acquisition and installation of new shelters at public transport stops will cost Prague by 2023, when the furniture is to be replaced, up to 834.8 million crowns with VAT. This follows from material approved today by city councilors. They confirmed the financing of the plan and the decision of the municipal company Technologie of the Capital City of Prague (THMP) on the selection of a stop supplier. This made Energovod CZ from the Eltodo group.
From 1994 to the end of June this year, the French company JCDecaux had a contract for the operation of public transport shelters, which paid the city and could exchange advertising on its own furniture in exchange. The past management of the city called the contract unfavorable, which the company rejected. The current representation followed the previous decision and decided to replace the furniture with its own.
According to the agreement between the city and the JCDecaux, this is to happen in the next two years or so. The prototype of the stops can be seen on Palackého náměstí for some time, the first exchange should take place at the end of this year. The management of the municipality also decided that the whole project will be in charge of the company THMP, which is mainly in charge of public lighting lamps.
Gradual exchange piece by piece
“It will be a gradual exchange of piece by piece, so it will not be necessary to dig up the whole of Prague and solve the threat that it would rain on passengers,“Said Jan Chabr (TOP 09), councilor for property today. “The city will continue to own a network of stops and it will only be up to it how it will continue to behave in the commercial use of stops – whether it will go the way of higher advertising and return on higher rental profits, or vice versa – reducing visual smog in the city, and shelters will have a minimum of advertisingHe added.
The city plans to announce a separate tender for the operator of advertising at the new stops. Technical management and maintenance of furniture according to today’s approved material will be provided by THMP. Today, the councilors also agreed to conclude a framework agreement between the municipality and the THMP, which will be financed by the city of the new furniture. According to the city, the exchange should cost 69.2 million crowns this year, 517.8 million crowns next year and 247.8 million crowns in 2022.
In addition to the contract for public transport shelters, the JCDecaux company has also concluded a contract with the Prague Transport Company (DPP) for the operation of public transport advertising. The year before, however, the company lost a lawsuit on the validity of the contract. The Court of Appeal returned to a new hearing due to a technical error in part of the original judgment. DPP insists on the invalidity of the contract and JCDecaux therefore initiated international arbitration with the Czech Republic.