Country: Czech Republic
Date: 2004 - 2009
Project level: Detail design
Client: Správa železniční dopravní cesty, s.o., Stavební správa Praha
Detail design: SUDOP PRAHA a.s., lead designer: Ing. Ivan Pomykáček
Contractor: Consortium Prague connection (Sdružení Pražské spojení) (Leader: Skanska DS a.s., SSŽ a.s., Metrostav a.s. and Subterra a.s.)
Costs: 9 mld. CZK
The New Link is railway project connecting five Prague railway stations. This project is the largest railway project in the Czech Republic's capital over the past few decades.
The project completes the reconstruction of the Prague railway junction and replaces the current technically and capacity-wise inadequate lines. Two new double-track lines are being designed, plus two line interconnections. Both lines run through the new Main Railway Station gridiron above Seifertova Street and continue along a new 450 metre long railway overpass towards the western portals of the two tunnels, 1,332 m and 1,345 m long, respectively.
The eastern exit of Tunnel I links with a major bridge structure, the Sluncová railway gallery, allowing five tracks to cross. Its 196 metre long frame structure carries a double-track line which is then joined by two tracks from the Masaryk Station. All four tracks run to Libeň. Two additional tracks underneath the railway gallery connect the Masaryk Railway Station with Vysočany a Holešovice. Their route runs parallel with another double-track line, coming out of the eastern portal of Tunnel II and running towards the existing railway bridges across Sokolovská Avenue at Balabenka. Horizontal and vertical conditions are designed for a minimum speed of 80 km/h.