Czech’ Roztoky rail station to become more accessible

Czech railway infrastructure manager SŽDC will invest CZK 184 million (EUR 7.1 million) to ensure wheelchair accessibility of the Roztoky u Prahy Railway Station. The Roztoky u Prahy Station is located on the Prague – Kralupy nad Vltavou – Děčín double track electrified railway line, which is part of the Trans-European TEN-T network.
The reconstruction of the station part will bring a substantial improvement of travel conditions for disabled passengers and mothers with prams. In addition to new platforms and lifts, it will also include the modernization of the underpass. In case of a trouble-free preparation, the construction work could be carried out in 2020.
The intended reconstruction of the railway station part includes construction of platforms with a total of four usable platform edges at a height of 550 mm above the top of rail, i.e. at the floor level of modern railway cars. This practical innovation will be appreciated primarily by disabled persons on wheelchairs. This new feature will enable them to embark any train without assistance. The lengthy procedure requiring a two days advance embark assistance request to be submitted by them for the scheduled trip to a carrier staff member will be thus brought to an end.
A convenient access to the new barrier-free platforms from the reconstructed underpass will be ensured by the newly designed lifts. The modernization will also include the current centre platform with the latter being improved by a new shelter to protect the passengers against adverse weather conditions. In addition, the station will be extended by a new unilateral covered centre platform. The security at the Railway Station will be strengthened by an enhanced camera system. A new broadcasting or information and orientation system will facilitate the access of passengers to the platforms. By doing this, dangerous last second train catching attempts made by the passengers with a risk of falling on the tracks will be removed.

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