Czech Republic to launch railway station investment programme

Czech RepublicStarting 2018, Czech railway infrastructure manager SŽDC will start major renovations. SŽDC is to finalize the preparation of the Programme for the reconstruction and revitalization of passenger stations within 2018-2022, which will be presented by the station administrator at the end of the summer holidays. Within the next years, CZK 10 billion (EUR 382 million) will be invested for the improvement of railway stations.
“The railway stations are mostly in a poor state, so we will invest into them about 10 billion crowns during the following years”, Dan Ťok, the Minister of Transport said.
This year, SŽDC intends to spend CZK 90 million (EUR 3.45 million) for the project preparation that envisages the modernisations of 17 railway stations.
In 2017, SŽDC will start the reconstruction of 7 railway stations in Břeclav, Kuřim, Hradec Králové, Turnov, Lipník nad Bečvou, Přerov and Sokolov. The estimated total investment costs for the launched reconstructions are approximately CZK 211 million (EUR 8 million) and about CZK 57 million (EUR 2 million) will be invested out of this amount this year.
The actual implementation of the constructions had to be preceded by updates of project documentation, which SŽDC purchased from České dráhy.
A year ago, the railway stations were transferred to SŽDC that until now has spent over CZK 215 million (EUR 8.2 million) for repairs, building modifications or project preparations. 149 construction projects are fully completed, with a total value of CZK 110 million (EUR 4.2 million). currently, dozens of larger or smaller repairs are in progress, the company says. The transformation, for instance, took place at the stations in Kostomlaty nad Labem, Dobříš, or Rakovník.
Six regionally operating Passenger Stations´ Administrations are responsible for management of railway stations in the SŽDC structure. They are situated in Prague, Plzeň, Ústí nad Labem, Hradec Králové, Olomouc and Brno. Funds are allocated according to the current state of the building, need for acute repairs, density of rail transport, frequency of passengers, number of structures and other factors. Repairs take place across the entire republic.