Trams under Vyšehrad were replaced by a ferry due to exclusion. Alternative shipping will be by the end of August iROZHLAS
Anyone who hears the message “In the Výtoň – Podolská vodárna section, alternative transport has been introduced in the tram on Rašínovo nábřeží” does not exist, that only a ferry will take him to Podolí. The transport company marked them as it normally does for replacement buses – X21.
Listen to a report on alternative shipping in Prague
Alternative transport is provided by relatively large cruise ships, which Praguers commonly see on the Vltava. They have a large lower deck, as well as a spacious upper part of the ships. Outside the morning rush hour, the ferry has a quarter-hour interval, on weekdays in the morning ten minutes.
“In peak periods, three to four ships should be the bearers,” adds Jiří Vodrážka, head of the transport company’s operation organization, to Radiožurnál. The journey by ferry takes about seven minutes.
“I do not mind at all that it is such a delay. I’m excited, “says passenger Romana, who uses the ferry on a regular journey.
However, people who go to Podolí only because of it also come to take a spare ferry. This is a rarity in Prague traffic.
“Otherwise I wouldn’t come here at all. I came to see alternative shipping. It’s perfect, “praises the passenger Vladimír.
When Prague alternative transportation plans, it also considered a pontoon bridge.
“We were looking for different ways to solve the alternative transport. We also contacted the Army of the Czech Republic whether it would not be possible to build a pontoon bridge. But in this area, the pontoon bridge would have to be in a bend. And that makes it unsolvable, such bridges do not exist, “describes Adam Scheinherr, Deputy Minister of Transport from Prague, to himself.
But passengers still have a choice. From Modřany to Braník and Podolská vodárna there is an alternative tram line 21 – and from there a reinforced bus 134 to the Pražského povstání station on metro C.
This road is faster than a ferry for people traveling to the center. They can also walk through the tunnel to Výtoň or rent a bicycle for free. In the narrowed section directly in the tunnel, pedestrians and cyclists drive a traffic light.
In the Vyšehrad tunnel, workers replace worn rails. The last time they did so was in 2008.
“It needs to be done when the lateral wear exceeds the allowable tolerance. It is no longer possible to fix it, for example by steaming. And that happened after 13 years. Tram traffic in the Vyšehrad tunnel is very intensive, “explains Jan Šurovský, technical director of the transport company.
Praguers will use the ferry or shared bicycles instead of trams until Friday, August 27, when trams and cars will return to the Vyšehrad tunnel.
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