Railway administration: Tender for the line in Bubny and decision to Masaryk railway station
Updates: 11/15/2021 10:23 AM
Released: 15.11.2021, 10:23
Prague – The preparation of the railway line from the center of Prague to Ruzyně Airport has moved on. The railway administration has announced a tender for 3.8 billion crowns for the modernization of the line from Bubny at the Exhibition Grounds, including the railway station, which should be part of the major transformation of Prague’s Holešovice. The administration also obtained a zoning decision for the complete reconstruction of Masaryk railway station in the center of the metropolis. This was stated at today’s press conference by Jiří Svoboda, General Director of the Railway Administration. The projects are part of the railway from Prague to Kladno, which will have a branch to Václav Havel Airport.
The modernization of the line from Prague’s Bubny to the Exhibition Grounds should be completed by 2025. The administration has entered the highest admissible price of 3.8 billion crowns for the contract announced today. According to Svoboda, this is one of the most important milestones for the entire line from Prague to Kladno. “Together with the section, this is the actual beginning of the entire construction and especially the beginning of the transformation of the whole Holešovice.
Its most significant element in the modernization of the section will be the new Prague Bubny station, which will be built behind the Negrelli viaduct and will be connected by an underground vestibule with the Vltavská C metro station. The Jakub Cigler Architekti studio is in charge of the architectural design of the railway station with three platforms and four tracks. First it will be one building, on the roof of which there will be a grassy resting area with a view. Later, together with the construction of a new district in the area, an administrative building should be added directly above the station, while the station vestibules should also be used commercially. According to the mayor of Prague 7, Jan Čižinský, the railway station, together with the building of the Prague Philharmonic, should become the natural center of the new district and at the same time the main point of its transport service.
Another part of the planned line to Kladno and the airport, which has entered a new phase, is the modernization of Masaryk railway station. The railway administration has obtained a final zoning decision. Construction should begin in 2023. The project envisages expanding the existing track from seven tracks to nine and increasing line speed, the modernization should also include a new vestibule in the form of a roof connecting the areas of Na Florenci, Hybernská and Opletalova streets with access to individual platforms. New dormitories were also created for operational treatment in the Hrabovka locality.
Both projects are part of the line from the center of Prague to Kladno, which is divided into several sections. It is currently the only one on the Negrelli Viaduct. At the beginning of October, the Railway Administration announced a competition for the construction of the section from Kladno to Kladno Ostrovce. The new connection is to be electrified, run on two tracks and should allow trains running to the airport and to Kladno to run at ten-minute intervals.