Mayor Hřib: “We are taking another step toward a modern, fast and ecological connection”
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Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib and the GM of the Railway Administration (SŽ), Jiří Svoboda, last week signed a memorandum on preparing the construction of the railway link from the Veleslavín metro stop to Václav Havel Airport Prague.
As part of the agreement, the city will buy the land needed for the construction of the station and the Park and Ride (P+R) lot at the planned Dlouhá Míle rail station. Prague will then use part of the land to build a new tram line.
The Dlouhá Míle station is on the spur line between Nádraží Veleslavín and the airport. Aside from parking lot, the new station will offer connections to regional buses. The airport spur line will turn north from the main rail track to Kladno between the Hostovice and Praha-Ruzyně stops. Dlouhá Míle is the only stop on the spur line aside from the terminal at Václav Havel Airport.
“Our goal is to speed up the preparation of the years-planned construction of a capacity railway line to Václav Havel Airport and Kladno as much as possible. That is why I welcome this cooperation agreement with the Railway Administration,” mayor Hřib said.
“We are thus taking another step toward a modern, fast and ecological connection, which will also help significantly alleviate congested car traffic in the city,” he added.
Now that city has signed the memorandum, it will start negotiations for acquiring land in the area of the future transport terminal and the Dlouhá Míle parking lot in Prague 6, which will be part of the railway line project.
“Several important transport constructions are planned in the vicinity. While the Railway Administration will be the investor of the railway line, including the terminal and the P+R car lot for approximately 1,050 cars, Prague will build another 950 parking spaces here at its own expense. In addition, the capital plans to run the tram line from Dědinská to Terminal 3 here,” Prague Deputy Mayor Adam Scheinherr, responsible for transport, said.
“Passengers do not distinguish state investments from city investments. The common goal of Prague and the Railway Administration is to build a modern terminal here, where it will be possible to use the railway connection between the airport and the center, park a car, or change to an extended tram line from Evropská Street and Dědina. It is good that, as Prague, we have signed up to help the Railway Administration with the purchase of land for their and our purposes,” Scheinherr said.
SŽ’s Svoboda said the modernization of the Prague–Kladno line with a spur to Václav Havel Airport is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the Czech Republic that the Railway Administration is preparing.
“Its implementation will place the capital and Kladno among modern European agglomerations with railway connections to the airport. For further acceleration of the preparation and successful implementation, we welcome closer cooperation with the city of Prague in the Dlouhá Míle vicinity,” he added.
The land for all intended projects in the Dlouhá Míle area is still owned by private owners. In addition, the Railway Administration, as an investor in the project of modernization and new construction of the railway line, cannot purchase land until a zoning decision is issued. On the basis of a signed memorandum, Prague will start with individual purchases in advance and then transfer part of the land to the Railway Administration for a fee.