The government of the Czech Republic has increased the railway investment budget by CZK 3.5 billion (EUR 128.6 million), to CZK 46.9 billion (EUR 1.7 billion) which will support reconstruction, repair and maintenance of the lines. This is the second highest amount in the history of the railway infrastructure manager, Správa železnic (SZ). 2015 was the record year for railway investment, when CKZ 50.2 billion (EUR 1.85 billion) was provided for the railway projects, which included European funding under the Operational Programme – Transport.
SZ has prepared over CZK 24.2 billion (EUR 889.4 million) investment this year, with a CZK 4.6 billion (EUR 169 million) increase compared to 2019. As of April, the company has invested CKZ 6.9 billion (EUR 253.6 million), representing 28% of the annual allocation, a 5.5% increase against April 2019, when 22.5% of the total amount was invested.
“Regardless of the current situation, we continue the plans without interruption to prepare the planned investment projects. The tender procedures are running as well as the contracts for the construction works,” Jiří Svoboda, the Director General of SZ said.
The increased approved budget will be used for the implementation and preparation of the future projects which involve track repairs and maintenance and station modernisation programme.
A large investment, of CKZ 280 million (EUR 10.3 million) will be used to repair the double track on the Děčín-Prostřední Žleb and Dolní Žleb railway sections between July and October. CZK 200 million (EUR 7.3 million) will be used to repair unstable embankments on the Hájek – Dalovice line a project which has a total value of CZK 500 million (EUR 18.4 million). Works are expected to start in mid-July.
In Bohemia, CZK 151 million (EUR 5.5 million) will support a CZK 242 million (EUR 8.9 million) project which envisages the reconstruction of Mostek – Horka u Staré Paky line. Within the region, CZK 98 million (EUR 3.6 million) are currently used for the maintenance of the railway lines from Kralupy nad Vltavou and Středokluk and Podlešín and the Kladno – Řevčovov section is being repaired. In the Pilsen Region, CZK 70 million (EUR 2.6 million) will be provided for the Horažďovice – Žichovice railway section.
The Vysočina Region will benefit a CZK 72 million (EUR 2.64 million) for a CZK 100 million (EUR 3.67 million) project to repair the Pernštejnem – Rožná section, while South Moravia will have CZK 70 million (EUR 2.6 million) for the modification of the track circuits part of the signalling equipment between Brno and Vlkov u Tišnova.
The modernisation of the Hanušovice – Jeseník line section in the Olomouc Region will cost CZK 50 million (EUR 1.84 million) and the Bystřička – Jablůnka section in the Zlín Region will have a budget of CZK 30 million (EUR 1.1 million).
CZK 80 million (EUR 2.94 million) will be provided for the rehabilitation of Suchdol nad Odrou – Nový Jičín section, in Moravian-Silesian Region.
Another part of the railway investment budget will be used for station modernisation progamme which includes the Litoměřice, Hronov, Potštejn, Sedlčany or Nová Ves stations near České Budějovice (South Bohemian Region). Ostrava’s main railway station and SZ Olomouc Regional Headquarters are also included in the modernisation project.