Správa železniční dopravní cesty (Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration), has CZK 36 billion (EUR 1.3 bn) at its disposal to spend on upgrading the country’s rail network – one of the densest in the whole of Europe – in 2015, spokesman Marek Illiaš said. This figure is almost three times higher than the amount spent on the network last year. Never before has the Railway Infrastructure Administration had those kinds of finances at its disposal for the modernisation of the rail network, Illiaš said.
The new projects include linking a fourth corridor from Prague’s Hostivař to the city’s Main Train Station at a cost of CZK 4.5 billion and upgrading a section between Sudoměřice and Votice on the same line at CZK 6 billion. Smaller tenders for this year have already been held and the SŽDC has begun making payments to a number of firms including Skanska, Elektrizace železnic Praha and the Slovak company TSS Grade.
One reason that railway construction has been gathering steam is that this year is the last time it is possible to draw funds from an old Transport Operational Programme. The amount left in that particular kitty is CZK 25 billion and the Railway Infrastructure Administration is keen to get its hands on the lot.