Czech railway infrastructure manager, SŽDC, and Subterra – OHL ŽS – EŽ Praha consortium signed the contract for the electrification of and increasing capacity on the Uničov – Olomouc line. construction works will start in August and are expected to be completed in mid-2022.
The total value of the project is CZK 3.9 billion (EUR 152 million) and is financially supported by the EU under the Operational Programme Transport 2.
“The construction’s objective is especially increasing capacity of this highly used railway line, increasing maximum line speed up to 160 km/h, eliminating most line speed limits, increasing railway operation and passengers’ safety,” said Jiří Svoboda, Director General of SŽDC.
After the completion of the project, travel times will be reduced to 28 minutes. The trains will use DC 3 kV traction which will be ready for future conversion of the power system.
Under the project, new platforms will be constructed at all line’s stations to allow comfortable boarding of EMUs. Access to newly built half-centre platforms at Bohuňovice, Šternberk and Uničov will be assured by a central overpass. All stations will be barrier-free, adapted for passengers with reduced mobility, and will be equipped with new information and orientation systems as well as new lighting system.