Metro line extension increases access to public transport

The extension of an underground metro line in Prague makes public transport facilities accessible to more of the city’s residents.

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The project provides for a 5.96 km extension of Prague’s Metro Line A and the construction of four stations, namely Červený Vrch, Veleslavín, Petřiny and Motol. The new line connects to the existing underground network at Dejvická station. The route is capable of carrying trains at a speed of 80 km/hour. Speeds at the switch track structure in Petřiny and Motol are limited to 40 km/hour on the curve.

The route is mostly bored out due to the terrain and the fact that much of the track will travel under a built-up residential area. Station tunnel caverns are bored using the Austrian tunnelling method (NATM) with the use of blasting operations and modern boring machines. ‘Cut and cover’ supporting structures are made of cast-in-place reinforced concrete.

A number of supporting construction works will be built simultaneously with the project to ensure the new route dovetails with existing infrastructure and other public transport modes. Such works include building a new bus terminus at nearby Veleslavín station.

Thanks to the Line A extension, about 127 000 local people benefit from increased access to urban public transport. The project also reduces CO2 emissions from the city’s transport network and contributes to lower accident rates.

Generating jobs

The underground route is to be managed by Dopravní podnik hl. m. Prahy, which also provides relevant services and rail carriages. The scheme is expected to create 1 120 jobs during the implementation phase and 135 posts upon completion.

Although this project is completely independent, it acts as one part of an overall attempt to improve public transport facilities in the north-western section of Prague and its surroundings.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project "Extension of Metro Line A in Prague" is EUR 954 046 417, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 330 076 926 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project falls under the “Transport” Operational Programme, priority “Upgrading and development of the Prague underground and systems for the management of road transport in the City of Prague”.

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