Three-year modernization of Prague’s Smíchov railway station begins today

The long-awaited overhaul aims to bring a more passenger-friendly and accessible layout to the area. How will it affect your commute? Staff

Written by Staff Published on 13.02.2024 10:00:00 (updated on 13.02.2024) Reading time: 1 minute

The long-awaited modernization of Prague’s Smíchov railway station will begin today. The multi-year project will repair tracks, platforms, and subways and add elevators for accessibility. Work will take place during station operation and should finish within three years, according to the Railway Administration spokesperson Nela Eberl Friebová.

The Railway Administration has specified the scope of work and added that the construction work will not affect the existing timetable this year. The station will remain operational while construction takes place. Passengers will only be restricted from using certain parts of the platforms to board trains, with temporary platforms created. 

The modernization of Smíchov railway station is set to cost CZK 5.1 billion, and the project is scheduled for completion by 2027. Builders will renovate all existing platforms extensively while establishing a new platform for trains heading to Prague-Zličín and Hostivice. 

Reconstructed underpasses, extended throughout the station, will provide passengers with barrier-free access. As part of the parallel construction effort, a new footbridge to Radlická Street, enabling access to individual platforms, will cost CZK 314 million. At the same time, the workers will perform preliminary tasks for the upcoming renovation of the station building.

A new bus terminal and parking garage will also be constructed, a significant investment for the capital city. The terminal will be multi-leveled and connected to the platforms via underpasses. It will be built above the train stop and replace the Na Knížecí terminal. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year and is expected to be completed by 2030.

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