The Czech railway infrastructure manager SZ and DB Netz started the preparation of geological survey for the cross-border section of Prague – Dresden high speed railway.
The two companies have signed a new agreement on the planned public contracts to ensure the project preparation of the high-speed train connection between the two cities.
For the cross-border section Ústí nad Labem – Heidenau, two contracts are necessary for the preparation of the geological survey were concluded.
A joint venture led by the German company Dr. Spang Ingenieurgesellschaft für Bauwesen Geologie und Umwelttechnik, is the supplier of geological and hydrogeological expert services. It will be responsible in particular for the design of the concept of field surveys in the individual phases of project preparation and the supervision of project implementation. The joint venture will ensure the evaluation of surveys as well as the analysis of other existing data in the field of geology, geotechnics, and hydrogeology.
The Dresden – based company Baugrund Dresden Ingenieurgesellschaft will provide ongoing support in the specialist fields of geology, hydrogeology and geotechnics.At the same time, it will evaluate the correctness and completeness of the procedures proposed by the designer, the survey work performed, and the expert opinions processed.
The involvement of the foreign experts with experience in European tunnel construction is ensured. Experts familiar with national procedures in the Czech Republic will also be directly involved as authorised persons.
The preparation of the cross-border rail section has made the most important progress under the Prague – Dresden high speed rail project. It includes at least a 26 km Czech – German tunnel and a connecting line to Ústí nad Labem. The Krušné hory tunnel will allow trains to run at a speed of 200 km/h and, in addition to connections with passengers, it will also be used by freight trains.
At the beginning of this year, the Czech Ministry of Transport has approved the feasibility study of the future high-speed rail line. The Czech Republic is planning to develop a high-speed rail network which will provide important connections with the Western European countries.
The new railway connection is part of the TEN-T network and will connect the Czech Republic to the Western European high-speed railway network. It will significantly shorten travel times for the international express train services. From Prague to the center of Ústí nad Labem, the trains will travel 25 minutes and from Ústí nad Labem to Dresdenthe travel time will take only 26 minutes.