Electrifying the line between Letohrad and Lichkov

The project covers the electrification and complete modernisation of the railway line between Letohrad and Lichkov, which lies at the state border between Czech Republic and Poland, in order to raise the standard of the track to meet EU requirements.

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The modernisation of the line will bring significantly improved travel conditions, increase the reliability of operations and reduce travel times to accommodate a greater number of passengers and a higher volume of freight. The electrification of the line will also reduce emissions from trains resulting in a positive impact on the environment.

Meeting standards for transport interoperability

The Czech Republic has signed a number of international agreements related to standards for transport interoperability. Under these agreements, it is obliged it to improve the quality of its railway lines for passengers and freight transport, and this project is a step towards meeting that requirement.

The railway line between Letohrad and Lichkov is a non-electrified single track line, with trains generally running at speeds of 60-70 km/h and slowing to 40 km/h in Lichkov. The line is a part of the transport corridor which belongs to the trans-European transport network or TEN-T network and passes Ústí nad Orlicí, Letohrad, Lichkov, the state border between Czech Republic and Poland, Miedzylesie, Klodzko and Wroclav.

The construction works consist of: the reconstruction of landscape; the construction of a drain; the reconstruction of bridges and culverts; the replacement of cables, the construction of new traction lines, the construction of a new 3 kV converter station in Jablonné and a new 3 kV sectioning point in Lichkov. The adaptation of existing railway buildings and the construction of new technological buildings are also planned.

Reducing costs and travel times, increasing reliability and safety

The project will be beneficial for the area on a number of levels. It will increase the reliability and safety of railway transport on the Letohrad-Lichkov line and reduce travel times for both passengers and freight.

Regarding finances, it will substantially reduce the operating costs related to both maintenance and management. Additionally, it will increase the competitiveness of the railway line against the existing road network. From an environmental point of view, the project will upgrade the railway to a sustainable and environmentally friendly mode of transport. It will lead to a substantial reduction in emissions due to the electrification of the line and a reduction in noise pollution.


Draft date

15/09/2011