PRAGUE public transport operator DPP has selected Strabag Rail to construct the 600m extension of the Prague light rail network from Holyně to Slivenec, where a new housing project is due to be constructed.

DPP was one of 10 bidders for the Koruna 233.1m ($US 9.98m) contract to build the double-track line, along with an intermediate stop and a terminus loop. The project is partly funded by the European Union (EU).

Work will begin at the start of 2023 and is due to be completed by September 2023.

“A new urban district for 8000 people will grow in the vicinity of the new tram line,” says Mr Adam Scheinherr, deputy mayor of Prague, responsible for transport and president of the supervisory board of DPP. “At the moment they move in, they will already have a tram that will take them comfortably to the city centre.

The line continues the Barrandov - Holyně extension that opened in April 2022 that is currently operated as part of Line 5 (Vozovna Žižkov - Holyně). As there is no turning loop at Holyně, services are currently operated with bi-directional type KT8N2 LRVs. The latest extension will allow the use of uni-directional LRVs, with services provided by lines 5 and 4 (Kubánské náměstí - Sídliště Barrandov).

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