European boost to travel between the Czech Republic and Austria

A major project in the Czech Republic will bring modern railway travel to a key central EU region and fast connections between Prague and the Austrian border.

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The Votice - Benešov to Prague line will improve the comfort, capacity and safety of train journeys, at the same time as reducing the impact of railway journeys on the environment.

It is the latest part of a longer railway line, started in 2008, which will link Prague and Southern Bohemia with Austria.

Part of the bigger picture

The project will meet all EU technical standards and has been designed in line with international railway agreements. These include the 1985 European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines and the 1991 European Agreement on Important International Combined Transport Lines and Related Installations, both of which have been recognised by the United Nations. It is also a key part of the trans-European transport network known as the TEN-T programme.

The Votice - Benešov to Prague project will continue modernisation work on the bigger train line from Prague, through Tabor and České Budějovice to Horní Dvořiště on the Austrian border.

Work will include the modernisation of telecommunication and signalling equipment along the railway, as well as of traction lines and of a main station. Travel speeds will be taken up to between 100 and 160 km per hour. The project will not interfere with an existing train line protection system.

Measuring success

The overall Votice modernisation train line project has nine sections, of which this is the latest. Dividing the total project into nine smaller projects will reduce the risk of damage to the environment, as well as making it easier to finalise funding agreements and prepare work. Railway infrastructure in the Czech Republic is and will continue to be owned by the government.

Progress will be measured and assessed according to four statistics. These are: the reconstruction of 18 405 metres of railway line, savings of EUR 4.49 million per year, a 148.98 % increase in the Energy Storage System (a system for the temporary storage of energy, prior to its use as power), and the successful completion of one full project to support transport and infrastructure development.


Draft date

11/12/2012