Entrance to Metro Line B on Karlovo náměstí is morphing into a railway stop that could be here in 20 years. It may be soon that regional trains will be running through tunnels like the metro in Prague.
The start of the construction and the estimated price are difficult to estimate. The lowest estimates are around 50 billion CZK.
The whole project is still in the beginning stages. The Metro S project counts for two tunnels. Both will begin in Florence and continue to the State Opera. There it will be divided, one will lead to Smíchov Railway Station and the other to the new station of Náměstí Bratří Synků. The project is still under review. “Approved changes will make it possible to increase the number of preferred and needed rail traffic in Prague,” said Ondřej Boháč, Director of IPR. The tunnel length depends on the selected variant.
The shortest is 9.7 km of tunnels, the longest would stretch behind Zizkov and would be 13 kilometers. “People will have one underground connection to the metro lines, where all regional trains from Beroun, Roudnice nad Labem, Kolín, and Benešov will be concentrated,” says Filip Drápal, spokesperson for ROPID.
Construction of the tracks are prevented by historical buildings. “Local regional trains will ride tunnels to release the existing tracks on the highway surface. The tunnel will start at the Masaryk station and will end in Florenc. Passengers will be able to drive directly to the city center to new stops,” said ROPID
The goal is to get regional trains into the city center while not affecting the surrounding traffic.