Ceremonial opening of infrastructure construction for the trolleybus line at Václav Havel Airport, February 14, 2023, at the Nádraží Veleslavín bus terminal, Prague.
Prague – In Prague's Veleslavín, the construction of the trolleybus line to Václav Havel Airport in Ruzyna started today. The work will last approximately 15 months and will cost 354.5 million crowns. The trolleybuses will run part of the route connected to the trolley, part on battery. Representatives of the municipality, the transport company (DPP), Prague 6 and the builders told journalists today at the ceremonial opening of the building.
The existing line number 119, which will be electrified, will run on the line. 21 high-capacity three-cell cars will run on the route. The work for DPP will be carried out by the company Elektrizace železnik Praha. At the end of last year, the transport company started operating a trolleybus from Palmovka to Miškovice and is preparing to electrify the lines on the left bank of the Vltava.
“We firmly hope that we will be able to transport the first passengers in the spring of 2024. Three-section trolleybuses are already out for competition, and the first of them, so that we can train drivers, should arrive by the end of this year,” DPP CEO Petr Witowski said today.
The line will start at the bus terminal Nádraží Veleslavín and will lead along Evropska Street and K Letišti Street, where it will end before the roundabout at Terminal 3. In the direction of the city, trolleybuses will join the line at the Terminal 3 stop and the line will run uninterrupted to the bus terminal in Veleslavín . 11.6 kilometers of catenary line will be created on the line.
In addition to the line itself, the company is also building transformers and charging stations, which will be in garages in Řepy, Dědina and at the bus terminal of Nádraží Veleslavín and near the airport. Trolleybuses will only be on half of the track, battery-powered trolleybuses will run on the other half.
DPP will deploy the mentioned new high-capacity three-cell battery trolleybuses on the line. Since it will be a completely new type, it will first have to drive 10,000 kilometers without passengers and then another 20,000 kilometers in test operation with passengers. Only then will it be allowed for regular traffic.
“After the railway to the airport is completed, we will evaluate the current situation and probably move the large-capacity trolleybuses to other lines, so regular cars would go to the airport,” said the outgoing deputy mayor Adam Scheinherr (Praha Sobě).
At the end of last year, the company put into operation the first trolleybus line after five decades, which runs from Palmovka to Miškovice. Electric cars should also run on lines 131, 134, 137, 176 and 191. The furthest of them is the electrification of line 137 in the section between Na Knížecí and U Waltrovky stations, where the preparation of the building is now in the process of joint planning and construction management.< /p>
Trolleybuses entered the streets of Prague in August 1936. The first line ran from the Střešovice tram depot via Ořechovka and Hanspaulka to St. Matthew's Church near Šárka. The last trolleybus line that ran to Strahov ceased operation in the fall of 1972.