The Ministries of Transport of the Czech Republic and Germany agreed on the preparation of an international agreement which will ensure the construction and operation of the Dresden – Prague railway project. The preparation of tendering documentation for the first public orders is under way and is expected to be published in the first quarter of 2020.
Správa železnic, the Czech railway infrastructure manager, is currently preparing public tenders for carrying out geodetic mapping of the corridor for the planned rapid service 4 section of Praha-Vysočany – Lovosice/Litoměřice high speed section as well as a geological and natural science survey. This will also request an updating of the concerned regions’ territorial development principles which is a step necessary for acquiring a territorial decision.
For these activities, SZ uses continuous outputs from the feasibility study for the new railway service between Prague and Dresden.
Last year, territorial proceedings were launched on the territory of the Free State of Saxony for the German part of the new railway Dresden – Prague service project. The proceedings will include the option of extending the tunnel under Krušné hory (Ore Mountains) and Správa železnic will examine all possible impacts on the Czech part of the project.
On January 15, a preliminary market consultation took place in Prague, focused on informing potential suppliers about the mode of opening public tenders which will be implemented by Správa železnic and DB Netz within common preparation of the cross-border Krušné hory tunnel. More than 70 European suppliers were interested. In order to ensure maximum availability for the interested parties, the consultation was also transmitted as a video-conference which was used by more than 40 representatives of potential suppliers.
At the end of 2019, Správa železnic, together with DB Netz and DB Energie concluded an agreement on cooperation in the field of project preparation for the construction of the new railway service Dresden – Prague. Cooperation will focus on the cross-border section Dresden – Ústí nad Labem with the foothill Krušné hory railway tunnel as project’s key component.
The two infrastructure managers agreed not only upon common tendering, costs’ payment or the project management organisational structure but also on the mode of communication and key technical parameters. The agreement includes mutual coordination of procedure for the Dresden – Ústí nad Labem section preparation.