The mayor of Warsaw has announced plans to add a third line to the city’s metro system. The new route will connect the city centre with the district of Praga-poludnie on the right {east} bank of the Vistula river, and later also Ochota and Mokotow. The first stage, which is due to be completed by 2028, includes the construction of six stations.

On Monday morning, Trzaskowski, who had pledged the third metro line as part of his campaign for the mayor’s office in 2018, said that preparatory work on the route will begin immediately so as to be included in the European Union’s upcoming funding perspective.

A technical study of the next part of the line, which will cross the river to west-bank districts in southern Warsaw, will begin in the second half of the year.

The third line is expected to be used by 315,000 passengers each day, with 26,000 commuters at peak times. As part of the “New Opening” initiative, plans for a 500m pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Vistula, which is meant to be one of the longest such structures in the World.

Warsaw’s metro was launched over 25 years ago. Subsequent segments were added to the north-south M1 line in 1998, 2001,2005 and 2008. The line is used by about 550,000 passengers each day.

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