Talk of extending Prague’s metro system to the city’s main airport has been going on for decades, but so far, little progress has been made in the matter.
But newly-completed analysis from Metroprojekt should serve as the basis for the city’s decision on whether the project will move forward, according to iDnes.cz.
According to the analysis, the project would cost an estimated 26.8 billion crowns and take 11 years to complete.
Most of the time would account for preparation. An estimated 6.5 years would be spent gathering the necessary permits and other documentation, while 4.5 years would be spent on actual construction.
Four new metro stations would be added to the end of the current green A line from Motol, according to the report: Bílá Hora, Dědina, Dlouhá Míle, Staré Letiště , and Václav Havel Airport.
The total length of the new section would come to just under seven kilometers and account for an approximate 25-minute metro ride.
The Dlouhá Míle station would also serve as a connection to the planned railway line from Prague to Kladno.
While the new analysis sets out some guidelines, it will still need to be approved by Prague officials. Should plans for the extension of the green line fall through, there’s still the possibility that the Kladno-Prague railway line could also include an Airport stop. More information about the project can be found (in Czech) via the website praha-kladno.cz.
The extended A line isn’t the only metro project being considered by the city of Prague.
A new D line that would connect the Náměstí Míru and Pankrác stations and continue to Písnice is currently slated to begin an initial 4-year construction phase in 2019. There’s also been talk of expanding the C line from Letňany to Čakovice, a project that would last 12 years and cost 16 billion crowns.