The European Commission adopted the 2014-2020 Operational Programme for “Transport” in the Czech Republic, for the improvement of transport infrastructures across the country.
With a total budget of EUR 5.4 billion, with EUR 4.7 billion from the Cohesion Fund and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the programme aims to upgrade the existing road and railway infrastructure and to develop adequate and sustainable transport networks in the country. It will be a key tool to implement national transport strategies. More than EUR 1 billion is planned to be used for green and sustainable transport modes.
For railway infrastructure and other modes of sustainable transport will be directed almost EUR 2.4 billion or 51% of the budget.
The railway projects include the reconstruction of 140 km of rail lines, the construction or modernization of 8 km of metro or tram lines, the upgrading of 140 mobile rail assets and the deployment of intelligent transport systems (ITS).
“The key strategic transport links that will be developed thanks to European funding will link the regions in the Czech Republic with each other but also with the Trans-European Network that crosses the European continent. This will make them more accessible and attractive for business and investment. The Czech citizens will also benefit from safer, greener and more sustainable transport, “Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu said.