The Czech capital's new tram line aims to relieve traffic in Dejvice

The planned tram lines will connect Dejvice with Podbaba and Suchdol develop the Nový Sedlec neighborhood and relieve traffic in Prague 6.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 14.06.2022 12:04:00 (updated on 14.06.2022) Reading time: 2 minutes

The city is planning to make big changes to Prague’s northern Nový Sedlec neighborhood, including a new tram connection making it easier to get from the northern part of the city to the center.

An urban study of the area has been prepared by the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) and will now be discussed with the city districts and other participants. Nový Sedlec covers 32 hectares in three city districts: Prague 6, Suchdol, and Lysolají.

One of the main outcomes will be new tram tracks. The study will coordinate existing projects and also proposes new development, including public facilities. The idea to build a tram line to Suchdol was first suggested in 2004, and several variations of the plan have been developed since 2006.

“The tram tracks will eventually cover over five kilometers. It will have a total of nine stops and will be used by three daytime tram lines and one night line,” IPR director Ondřej Boháč said.

The tram line also helps fulfill the city’s Sustainable Mobility Plan. Prague intends to reduce its carbon footprint, increase transport reliability, and improve accessibility to this part of the city. It will reduce high bus traffic around Vítězné náměstí, reduce the associated noise, and improve air quality.

The current study, which was commissioned two years ago, was presented to the city districts and land owners, and is now ready for discussion. Their comments will be incorporated and the study to make it ready for final approval.

The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) was commissioned to prepare new tram tracks that will connect Strahov via Vítězné náměstí to Suchdol.

“The new line will also help calm traffic and free the city's hands in revitalizing Vítězné náměstí. The study will help speed up the planning and coordination of both the tram line and the construction of flats and related public facilities,” Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Hlaváček said.

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The tram line will be used by students from the Strahov dormitories on their way to the Czech University of Life Sciences (ČZU), among other people.

One of the main reasons for the introduction of the tram is the development of the ČZU campus, where transport services are currently provided only by buses that are overcrowded at peak times. The tram line to Suchdol would solve the service of the university campus and at the same time bring better connections to Suchdol.

"The tram line will make it possible to provide area transport services in the development area of Nový Sedlec on its route to Suchdol. … The creation of a P+R parking lot is being considered. The tram will ensure high reliability of the connection, as it will connect to a separate line in Jugoslávských partizánů Street, where buses often get into convoys today,” Prague Deputy Mayor Adam Scheinherr, responsible for transport, said.

The tram line precedes the construction of the Prague Ring Road and will help to effectively ensure public transport toward the center of the Prague 6 district, he added.  

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