The Technical Road Administration (TSK), owned by the city of Prague, will initiate the selection of a contractor for the construction of a promenade with a park planned on the site of the decommissioned railway line between Vršovice and Zahradní Město. Preliminary market consultations, where TSK representatives will meet with interested contractors, will precede the tender announcement. TSK spokesperson Barbora Lišková provided this information in response to a query from the Czech News Agency (ČTK).
According to Lišková, those interested in participating in the tender can register for the meeting until January 29, with the meeting scheduled for January 30. „The purpose of the meeting will be to obtain constructive feedback from contractors on the presented information about the contract and the procurement process,“ she added.
The original railway line through Strašnice ceased to exist at the end of 2020 after the construction of a new corridor with stops at Eden and Zahradní Město. The city obtained territorial approval last year for the construction of the so-called railway promenade. On and around the former track, a recreational area with greenery and a pedestrian and cycling connection over a length of more than four kilometers is planned. The cycling connection is intended to be part of the overarching cycling route A3, connecting Stodůlky, Jinonice, Smíchov, Vršovice, Zahradní Město, and Uhříněves in a west-to-east direction.
According to earlier information, the promenade is planned to consist of two lanes: one, four meters wide, intended for cyclists and rollerbladers, and the other, 3.2 meters wide, designated for pedestrians. There will be a strip of greenery, tartan, or the original tracks measuring less than a meter between them. Various railway elements, such as sections of the tracks and signals, a historic stone underpass from the 19th century, a riveted bridge from 1918, and parts of the decommissioned Prague – Strašnice station, will be retained on the promenade. Further details about the entire connection were discussed here [in Czech – red.].
As part of the thoroughfare, three footbridges are planned – one near the new railway station in Eden, another near V Korytech street, and the largest one spanning Průběžná street. On the promenade and in the surrounding park, the city plans several areas for leisure activities, in locations such as by the Botič stream, near the Vlasta housing estate, at the site of the discontinued Strašnice station near Eden, and at a viewpoint overlooking Zahradní Město.