The transport company of Prague has announced that next year porters will no longer be at Nádraží Veleslavín and they will instead be replaced by escalators. The absence of escalators in the station has caused local residents frustration a long time, when carrying heavy baggage up the stairs.
The station used frequently for bus transfers to the international Václav Havel Airport. Architects who constructed the “green” branch initially noted a large number of passengers with heavy suitcases would constantly accumulate at Nádraží Veleslavín, so escalators would be a necessity. However it has not been addressed until recent years.
The press-secretary of the Transport Enterprise of Prague, Aneta Řehková informed that by the end of April next year at the station Nádraží Veleslavín escalators should be operational, but only on the condition that by the end of October the permits for their construction are received.
Previously the Transport company wanted to install a moving lift on which passengers would put their suitcases, while they themselves went up the stairs. However, this option was widely criticized and refused.
The cost of the new escalator project has yet to be reported.