A thorough refurbishment of the Trnavské Mýto pedestrian underpass, a dilapidated but significant hub of public transport in Bratislava, was launched on October 16. Works are projected to last nine months with the plan being to open the renewed underpass in mid July 2018. The work will be divided into phases in order that people can use the underpass during its revitalisation. The Immocap Group are the company responsible for the refurbishment and will invest €2.5 million into the project while Bratislava city council will provide €1.2 million for the purchase and installation of new escalators and lifts.
“Bratislava will get an underpass with new design, architecture and services appropriate for the 21st century,” said Bratislava Mayor Ivo Nesrovnal, when announcing the launch of construction works. About 30,000 people cross the underpass daily.
Last year Bratislava councillors chose the Immocap Group, which built the nearby Central shopping mall, as the future tenant of the underpass crossing. Part of the deal is its complete reconstruction.
Based on the rental contract signed last November, the Immocap Group has rented Trnavské Mýto for 15 years with an option of five years for one euro annually. The condition is that it invests at least €1.01 million ex VAT into its refurbishment.
During the reconstruction, all seven entrances into the underpass will be renewed. Old escalators will be replaced by new ones and lifts will be built in order that the underpass becomes barrier-free for people in wheel-chairs as well as people with prams.
After the reconstruction, Trnavské Mýto should house a grocery store, a news-stand and fast food stalls. There will be a 24-hour video surveillance system, guards and a paid WC. There will also be electronic tables with information about incoming and outgoing buses and trams.
“We want to bring to Bratislavans a new, safe, barrier-free, attractive underpass which, apart from shops and services, will also bring space for living and where it will be possible to spend time in a pleasant way,” said Peter Lukeš, head of the board of directors of the Immocap Group.
In November, the city plans to launch revitalisation works on the surface of Trnavské Mýto. It will partly renew the tram stops and footpaths. It also plans to remove stands near bus stops and the market hall.
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