Czech railway infrastructure manager, SŽDC, has launched the reconstruction works for the railway line linking Prague and Beroun along Berounka River.
The project will be performed by the Černošice consortium, comprising Eurovia, Strabag Rail, GJW Praha and Elektrizace železnic Praha. EUR 144 million (CZK 3.67 billion) is the total investment cost of the construction. The project is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility, with a maximum EU support of 75.56%, representing EUR 97.4 million, from total eligible costs. National financing is provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure.
The Praha-Smíchov – Praha-Radotín railway line will be the fourth track section in Prague, offering the connection between the suburb Radotín station and capital’s Smíchov district. The project which also includes reconstruction works at the stations along the line. Besides a reconstruction of the railway superstructure and substructure, the catenary is also going to be adapted. The line will be equipped with electronic line and station safety equipment Category 3 which will result in higher operation safety and reliability.
In addition, the Velká Chuchle stop will move closer to the local quadruple-track crossing nearer to the city part centre. External platforms with grade-separated access by an underpass will be built at the edge tracks. Moreover, inserting crossovers will create a branching-off point of the same name.
The current joint track section of two double-track lines in direction to Radotín from Krč and Smíchov districts will be replaced by a regular quadruple-track line. The railway crossing at Velká Chuchle, will be replaced by an overpass, which will be built as a part of an independent second construction’s phase.
The project will be completed in 2022, when trains will be able to run at speeds of 130 km/h.