Update: 15/08/2022 11:09
Issued by: 15/08/2022, 11:09
Prague – A new loop has been operating in Prague since Saturday, providing tram transfers at the Depo Hostivař metro station. Its construction took 154 days and cost 194 million crowns. Representatives of the transport company (DPP) and the municipality told journalists on the spot today. A train stop and a parking garage were also to be built near the metro station in the future.
The loop is on the tram line leading from Strašnice via Černokostelecka Street to DP Central Workshops. “Passengers taking the new tram will get to the final metro station A Depo Hostivař, which is also the terminus of several regional and city buses,” said Prague’s deputy mayor Adam Scheinherr (Praha Sobě).
People can now transfer between buses and trams in one place, the metro station is a few tens of meters away. Tram line number seven ends in the three-track loop, and line 16 is already passing through and continues to the stops of the Ústřední dílny DP. In the future, the line should also be used for the planned route to Štěrbohol. “That’s a long-term goal,” Scheinherr said.
41 more trees will be added to the site, which will be planted after the holidays, so as not to be damaged by high temperatures. More than 2,000 bushes have already been planted, DPP also had a bumblebee house and a so-called insect hotel placed on the site.
Scheinherr added that the planned Depo Hostivař railway stop should be put into operation in 2024, after the two planned urban railway lines could operate. The P+R parking garage for 649 cars could then be built in two or three years, depending on the square. It will be created on the current surface parking lot.
Last September, DPP completed the construction of a tram loop in Zahradní Město, which is supposed to help handle the higher number of passengers due to the launch of a new train stop last year. The company recently started the construction of tram lines from Divoká Šárka in the Dědina estate and from Modřan to Libuš. Last year, the company completed the extension of the tracks from the Prague Uprising to Pankrác, and this April, a new line from Barrandovo to Holyně began operating, which DPP plans to extend to Sliven in the near future. In August, the city also wants to start building a bridge between Dvorci and Zlíchov, which will be intended for trams, pedestrians and cyclists.