Planning contract for the first section of Prague-Dresden HSR

Podřipsko high-speed lineThe Czech rail infrastructure manager SZ and a Metroprojekt Praha-led consortium signed a contract for zoning decision documentation (DÚR) for the 60 km Podřipsko high-speed line section (Podřipsko VRT).

The consortium includes Valbek, Mott MacDonald CZ, Mott MacDonald and Egis Rail.

In addition to the documentation, the designers will also process the project plan, documents for the EIA environmental impact assessment process and a digital model of the track in the BIM standard. The contract also includes a comprehensive discussion of documentation with the authorities and the provision of all processes for obtaining a valid zoning decision.

The section will allow trains to run at a maximum speed of 320 km/h and will also be used by regional and intercity trains providing connections with the existing railway network and future high-speed system. The line is dedicated to passenger traffic and will relieve the existing corridor to allow more freight trains to operate the existing connections radiating from the line.

The construction of the new high-speed section is scheduled to start in 2027 and to be completed in 2030. The two-track electrified line will be equipped with an alternating power system and the ETCS Level 2.

The project is divided into two sections with the first one covering the Prague-Balabenka – Lovosice section and the Lovosice – Litoměřice section for which the completion depends on the updated territorial development principles of the Ústí Region.

The line will have a terminal at Roudnice nad Labem which will serve as transfer hub between other types of public and individual transport in the region with a direct connection to the D8 highway. It will also include a park & ride facility. From the terminal passengers can reach the centre of Prague in just 19 minutes. Its design began in August with the signing of a contract with Rusina Frei architekti, the winner of the architectural competition.

When completed, the Podřipsko high-speed line section will reduce the travel time between Prague and Ústí nad Labem by almost 30 minutes and from Ústí nad Labem to Dresden by 28 minutes.

The section between Balabenko station in Prague, and Lovosice, in Litoměřice District in the Ústí nad Labem Region, is part of Prague – Ústí nad Labem – Dresden corridor that will reduce the travel time between Czechia and Germany to less than an hour after its completion. As part of the Prague – Dresden high-speed rail line, the Prague – Litoměřice section will allow trains to run at 320 km/h while on the remaining sections the trains will run at 250 km/h (on the Středohorské tunnel) and at 230 km/h on the 26 km Krušnohorské tunnel (Ore Mountains Tunnel), 11.7 km to be constructed in the Czech Republic. On this tunnel, the freight trains will run at 120 km/h. The Ore Mountains tunnel is being prepared as a cross-border section together with the DB Netz.

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