Czech railway infrastructure manager, SŽDC, awarded Eurovia CS and Elzel Praha a contract for upgrading works on Lysá nad Labem – Čelákovice railway section, situated on the Praguea-Vysočany–Lysá nad Labem conventional double track railway line. The project’s main component is the construction of a new railway bridge across the Elbe near Čelákovice, located 25 km from Prague.
The planned investment has a total value of CZK 1.47 billion (EUR 57 million) without VAT and is co-financed by the CEF.
“A key part of the construction will be the replacement of the bridge over the Elbe, which does not meet the current demand of rail transport, mainly because of its width,” Jiří Svoboda, the Director General of SŽDC said.
The bridge will be replaced by a new load-bearing structure, including the modification of the substructure. This will enable the future construction of a separate pedestrian and cycling bridge structure. After the construction works, the bridge will meet an underpass height of at least 5.25 meters, compared to the current height of 4.7 meters, and will be ready for an underpass height of 7 meters. Major construction work will begin in March next year and it is planned to be finished in November 2021, with all construction works scheduled to be completed in 2022.
Under the 2016 CEF Transport calls, the project on the upgrade of Lysa nad Labem (excluding) – Celakovice (excluding) railway line had a total eligible cost of EUR 51.15 million, with a recommended funding of EUR 42.5 million.
The main objective of the project is to eliminate the lack of track capacity for the increasing number of passengers carried and to increase the speed to 140 km/h.
The line is located on the Orient/East-Med and Rhine-Danube Core Network Corridors and is part of the global project that aims to upgrade the Prague–Brno railway line. It will contribute to increased capacity, safety and reliability of the line, as well as shorter travel times for passenger and freight transport.