Czech Transport Minister Dan Ťok signed a joint declaration with his Bavarian counterpart Joachim Herrmann on the improvement of the cross-border railway infrastructure, which aims to reduce the travel time between Prague and Munich to less than four hours by 2030.
“We have agreed to build a joint route from Munich via Furth im Wald, Česká Kubice to Prague, which will compete with cars and be a suitable alternative to air transport. In the first phase, we will shorten the travel time to four hours fifteen minutes, but the final goal is three and a half to four hours,” Dan Ťok said.
The construction of railway links is also supported by the Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt, because this route was transferred to a higher priority of so-called urgent needs in the federal road transport plan 2030, which will allow a faster construction.
Under the joint declaration the two representatives agreed, besides faster travel from Munich, on cutting the travel time from Nuremberg to Prague with a change in Cheb to about four hours (see the declaration in the appendix).
A trail will be introduced every two hours ahead of time of the future long-distance transport between Prague and Munich. “Within two years after the new Pilsen-Rokycany route is put into operation, the travel time from Munich to Prague will be reduced by twenty minutes to five and a half hours,” explained the Transport Minister Ťok.
The main transport priority of the Czech Republic with the Free State of Bavaria is the connection Munich – Nuremberg – Marktredwitz – Cheb – Pilsen – Prague and Munich – Regensburg – Furth im Wald – Domažlice – Prague. These routes are now included in the Federal Transport Routes Development Plan (BVWP 2030).