Czech railway infrastructure manager, SŽDC, has launched the modernisation works on the last section of the rail transit corridor IV, between Soběslav and Doubí u Tábora. The works mark the final phase of corridor modernisation from Prague to South Bohemia. The works will be performed by a consortium comprising Strabag, Eurovia and Metrostav.
“We start building the last but one section of the whole corridor between Prague and České Budějovice. Only a reconstruction of the section from Ševětín to Nemanice remains now and we work intensely on its preparation,” Jiří Svoboda, Director General of SŽDC, said.
The project envisages the modernisation of the existing line and the construction of an 8.8-km double-track, increasing the capacity and eliminating the crossing of trains at Soběslav and Roudná. At Soběslav station, the current railway crossing will be closed and replaced by an underpass for pedestrians. In addition, the 370-m Zvěrotice tunnel will be constructed at the station.
EUR 170 million (CZK 4.3 billion) is the value of the project, of which EUR 58.6 million (CZK 1.5 billion) represents the EU funding from the Cohesion Fund, under the Operational programme Transport 2014–2020. The national financing will be covered by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure.
The project is expected to be completed in 2023, when trains will be able to run at speeds of up to 160 km/h.
The reconstruction of Rail Corridor IV on the Czech Republic territory was launched in 2005 on the section between Strančice and Praha-Hostivař stations. The modernisation of the entire corridor will be completed in 2026. Express transport services between Praha and České Budějovice will be reduced from 2 hours and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes. The tilting trainsets will be able to cover this distance within 83 minutes.