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http://aktualne.centrum.cz/ekonomika/domaci-ekonomika/clanek.phtml?id=608621

This article is about proposals of Prague city council to liquidate Prague´s oldest railway station now called Masarykovo nádraží. It´s virtually in the very heart of the city now and the size and location of this property is very tempting to all developers. The idea is to build new streets and to connect Opletalova street with Na Florenci as suggested in the map.



The staton was put in service in 1845 and preserved a lot of it´s historic atmosphere. As of today it is the only "hlavové nádraží" in Prague and maybe in Czech republic too, which means that tracks end here and it is not possible to pass through the station.

Even though the station now is dirty and full of homeless, I hope that they plan to demolish just the tracks and keep the building, otherwise I´m going to tie myself to a bulldozer.












 

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Of course none of railway station structures built in 1845 will be torn down. The buildings are registered national heritage and cannot be demolished. Only the tracks will be removed.

I like the idea; the station is redundant there (Main station just around the corner), it's a terminal station (no pass through trains) and serves only 2 lines, therefore the pax cannot transfer. If the Kralupy/Kladno line was connected directly to the Main station (new undergound platform is proposed), Prague would get a single pass through transfer point to all trains of all kinds. And last but not least the station is an unconvenient barrier between Florenc and south of the city and its removal is an essential precondition for demolition of the SJM flyover and the overall SJM conversion into a city boulevard.

Let's hope the cancer of mistrust and jealousy the czech society is currently infested with won't kill yet another good project. A glimpse at the discussion below the article doesn't make me overly optimistic. **** this nation of notorious fault-finders*. Sorry to say that. :(

*Ok, ok, I know these people are much less common in the real world, so at least **** those angry people that contribute to the discussion forums on internet editions of czech daily newspapers. Those who live in a black and white world populated by evil ODSSaks and KSCSSDaks, where every human activity is congenitally driven by greed and bad intention, every human other than them is corrupt and where there is only one way how things evolve: from bad to the worse. The only soothing thing that somewhat cools down my anger when reading such idiotic, ignorant opinions full of hate and empty of knowledge is the fact they are the first harmed by actually believing they live in such a dark world. Sorry for OT.
 

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If you're gonna liquidate the railway stations, then you have to convert the railway station structures into another usage. We still have to build those new streets though.
 

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Let's hope the cancer of mistrust and jealousy the czech society is currently infested with won't kill yet another good project. A glimpse at the discussion below the article doesn't make me overly optimistic. **** this nation of notorious fault-finders*. Sorry to say that. :(

*Ok, ok, I know these people are much less common in the real world, so at least **** those angry people that contribute to the discussion forums on internet editions of czech daily newspapers. Those who live in a black and white world populated by evil ODSSaks and KSCSSDaks, where every human activity is congenitally driven by greed and bad intention, every human other than them is corrupt and where there is only one way how things evolve: from bad to the worse. The only soothing thing that somewhat cools down my anger when reading such idiotic, ignorant opinions full of hate and empty of knowledge is the fact they are the first harmed by actually believing they live in such a dark world. Sorry for OT.
Goodness gracious, Czech society is sounding more like Australia every day! :lol: Go and have a couple of beers HiRazor and it will seem better! :cheers:

This is a charming intimate little station, I have walked past it but not caught a train here. I'm sure with sympathetic design it can be adaptively reused, as Norkey's illustration shows. I would like to think they will keep the name.
 

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I remember about this station. There's a great casino and it's nothing but charming, impressive entrance hall.

The demolition would be nothing but a disgrace! Prague definetly shouldn't gamble with its architectural heritage - it's the base of any success for this city.

Leave the station alone! [/Chris Crocker voice] :evil:
 

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please read carefully the discussion above. Noone is going to demolish the actual historic buildings. Only these buildings will no longer serve as a railway station but as something else (kinda gare d'orsay way). All that in distant future (feasibility studies underway). The whole news about it happening NOW is bogus. What is NOW actually happening is that in some unused/decaying parts of the railway yard construction of some comercial/apartment buidings is proposed.
 

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Has anything moved forward on this in the past year? I would think there is a lot of planning involved, including the railway line to Masarykovo nadrazi which is at a lower level and would have to connect to Hlavni nadrazi underneath I would think.

It would also be good to have better pedestrian connections to Hlavni nadrazi from both north (this side) and south (Vinohrady). I am amused at how difficult it is to get to Hl.n. compared to many international stations that have tram etc right up to the front door. This one you really have to use the metro (although I have done the "illegal" walk along the highway from the south LOL!).

Pedestrian connection to Hl.n. from eastern side (Zizkov) would also be good. It really needs some good pedestrian connections around the area - the station is like a medieval castle surrounded by a moat of obstacles. A funny thing to say for a city otherwise famous for its walkabilty.
 

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The project has been postponed. Works on a new official urban plan of the whole Prague city have started.
The plans for redevelopment of Masaryk station should have been made in advance, but because of the crisis and different opinions of Praha 8 and Praha 1 city councils on the traffic solution of the area, the plans will be finalized together with the new urban plan.
Anyway, the plans for replacing the current railway station are postponed even more in to the future, because only 1/3 of the area is used for rail traffic and 2/3 are already available for construction, only the urban plan is missing.
 
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