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‘Eastern Highway’ with its expressway sections) through the Historic Centre, which created an undesirable traffic situation in the World Heritage property.

  • ii)

    Changes to Wenceslas Square: It is proposed to return Wenceslas Square to its historic function of a boulevard with tram transport in accordance with the 2005 winning competition design for the Square. This depends on modifications to the expressway sections of the ‘Eastern Highway’, which diverges around the National Museum.

  • iii)

    Proposed creation of Prague’s “Museum Mile”: The aim of this project is to connect museums in neighbouring locations into a common visitor route, including the proposed Railway Museum in the former engine depot at Marsaryk Station (locations are shown on the map-Appendix 4). The former Federal Assembly building has been assigned to the National Museum across Vinohradska Avenue to accommodate additional visitor facilities, and it is proposed to link these with an under-road corridor. It is also proposed to erect a modern exhibition building in the neighbourhood of the City of Prague Museum at Florenc (which is a national monument).

  • iv)

    Historic Railway Stations: A number of (redundant) Historic Railway Stations are proposed for re-use combined with redevelopment of adjacent land.

  • v)

    Restoration of Charles Bridge: Objections to the work currently underway to conserve the Charles Bridge have been countered by the opinion of Czech ICOMOS, which the State Party attached to its report.

  • vi)

    Height controls: The State Party has included a map (Appendix 4) showing the boundaries within which building heights are restricted. This surrounds the inscribed property but does not include all the areas shown as Heritage Zones within the area labelled as the buffer zone. It encompasses an area considerably less than that of the labelled buffer zone, which is in turn less than the inscribed buffer zone shown on the World Heritage Inventory map (#09, cz-616-inv)..

  • vii)

    Overall conservation of the property: The State Party has provided information on a large number of projects currently underway including “larger restoration works, changes and new buildings within the preserved area”, noting the use of the digitised 19th Century Langweil model of the city to guide restoration and infill works.

Conclusions by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, as informed by the January 2010 joint monitoring mission:

a)

The Blanka Tunnel and Baroque fortifications (response to a) above)

No objection is raised to the construction of the Blanka Tunnel in the context of the city’s transportation strategy for Prague provided that:

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    The north-west link road is not built before the completion of the Prague Ring;

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    The ‘Eastern Highway’ is physically downgraded as soon as the Blanka Tunnel section of the City Ring provides an alternative route; otherwise the overall volume of traffic will simply increase, leading to the perpetuation of the present severance of the World Heritage property from its context, and the poor street environment and setting of key buildings within it;

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    The proposed tunnel behind the National Museum is not constructed (see point b)(i) above) as this would encourage, rather than discourage, through traffic;

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    The expressway sections of the Eastern Highway are removed from the eastern edge of the World Heritage property, with a return to city streets ‘at grade’;

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    Policy regarding on-site parking for developments and public car parking within the World Heritage property is reviewed, to minimise both the growth of demand for

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 146

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