ČD expands Cheb maintenance centre

České dráhy has officially started the construction of a new repair hall at the Cheb maintenance centre designed for InterJet long-distance units as well as RegioPanter and RegioShark regional trains.

A passable three-track hall for train maintenance with a total length of 176 metres will be constructed on the site of the northern round-house of the depot area, the demolition of which has been started today as well. The new hall will be equipped with a crane with a load bearing capacity of at least 12.5 tonnes and a service gangway for safe access to the roof of the vehicles and assembly channels in all tracks.

The hall will be equipped with modern technologies which will help to improve its energy performance. Photovoltaic panels and technology to collect and reuse rainwater will be installed on the roof. The heating of the hall will be provided by an efficient combination of a gas boiler house and heat pumps. In addition to the actual rolling stock servicing area, the maintenance centre employees can look forward to, for example, new high-standard sanitary facilities or workshops for mechanics and power engineering technicians.

“The new modern hall will make easier handling of vehicles possible, without the necessity of decoupling the complete train sets. This will significantly reduce the time required for repairs and it will therefore allow the vehicles to be returned back to operation more quickly,” Michal Krapinec, Director General of České dráhy said.

The construction will be carried out by a consortium of the TSS Grade and Berger Bohemia companies, and the new hall should be completed and handed over in mid-2026. The construction was tendered at a price of more than CZK 755 million (EUR 30.5 million).

The maintenance centre in Cheb provides maintenance of trainsets intended for long-distance transport on the Cheb – Pilsen – Prague and Cheb – Ústí nad Labem – Prague railway line, as well as maintenance of rolling stock intended for regional transport in the Karlovy Vary Region and a part of the Ústí nad Labem Region. the maintenance activities are carried out by 64 employees.

The new hall at the Cheb maintenance centre is part of company’s repair strategy, which focuses on modernisation of servicing background facilities and improving the quality of rolling stock servicing activities.

“Not only new modern trains, but also the corresponding servicing background facilities. This is what ČD will focus on in the upcoming years, and by 2031 it will invest more than CZK 12 billion [EUR 484.8 million] in the development of servicing background facilities, including more than CZK 6 billion [EUR 242.4 million] in the construction of new repair halls,” Martin Kupka, Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic said.


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