Update: 08/08/2022 13:01
Issued by: 08/08/2022, 13:01
Prague – The Railway Administration has chosen the form of the Dlouhá Míle terminal, which will be part of the new railway line in the Prague Ruzyně – Prague Václav Havel Airport section. The architectural design by Pavlíček Hulín architects and AFRY was successful in the public competition. The Railway Administration informed about it. The line to the airport should start operating in 2028.
The terminal will be located near the runway of the airport, the Šestek Shopping Center and the Prague Ring Road. “A new transport hub will be created, which will create an important connection between the railway and road transport, city and suburban buses and, in the future, trams. The new P+R parking lots will expand the infrastructure of the wider area of the airport and streets of Prague 6,” said Director General of the Railway Administration Jiří Freedom. .
The technical feasibility of the winning design was checked by AFRY. According to her, this is the result of ongoing negotiations with the investor and other interested entities. “The architectural design fully utilizes the potential of the terminal not only as a transport hub, but also as a target point for future development in the vicinity. Our priority is functionality, safety, easy orientation, intuitive speed, fluidity of movement and transfers. Furthermore, the quality and attractiveness of the environment, which motivates the use of mass transit of transport,” said Jiří Pavlíček from the office Pavlíček Hulín architects, which is the author of the architectural solution.
According to the creators of the proposal, the dominant feature of the future terminal will be its roof. The height of the roof will change according to the functions of individual parts of the building. The roof should be lowest above the bus platforms, then it should rise along the curve towards the main entrance to the underground part with the transfer to the train. The roof is glazed in the middle part of the design and lets light into the lower levels. Its southern part contains photovoltaic panels that are supposed to cover the terminal and possibly allow electric cars to be charged in the parking lot. The solution also includes ancillary functions of the terminal such as ticketing, waiting room, small shops, technology facilities, drivers and more.
The track to the airport is part of the railway from the center of Prague to Kladno, which is divided into several sections. Currently, the only one completed is the Negrelli viaduct. Construction of other sections will probably start next year, starting with the reconstruction of Masaryk station. The new connection is to be electrified, run on two tracks, and should enable the operation of trains going to the airport and to Kladno in ten-minute intervals. The estimated cost of the entire track is around 40 billion crowns.