Upgrades to Plzeň station infrastructure for trains heading to Prague
As part of renovations to Plzeň railway station – an important junction in the Czech Republic – upgrades have been made to facilities for passenger trains heading towards Prague. These improvements are accompanied by modernisation of other parts of the junction. In the first phase, work involves reconstruction of almost 2.5 km of line – rising to 3.2 km after the second phase – and an increase in the speed through the station to 80 km/h on the line to Prague, and to 60 km/h on those to České Budějovice and Žatec.
The work covers an area of over 253 000 m². Phase one saw 54 % of the track superstructure in the station and 88 % of that on the tracks towards Žatec and České Budějovice replaced. Modifications were also made to the substructure in those areas.
Platforms with an overall length of 658 metres and 375 m of platform roofing were redeveloped. The new island platforms are 550 mm above the rails. Bridge supports were altered with two bridges, spanning 15.4 and 38.5 m, reconstructed.
Signalling and traction equipment
A cantilevered signalling structure was set up and work was done on a central interlocking apparatus for signalling and a garage for railway vehicles. Communication equipment linking the interlocking system and the marshalling yard was adapted. Gas and sewage pipes with a total length of over 4 km were fitted to serve the interlocking apparatus, and gas connections to the station were modified.
Traction equipment was installed and nearly 17 km of trolley wire were put up, while more than 37 km of heavy-current and low-voltage distribution cable were laid. Structural work was carried out on an underpass and luggage tunnel, which together have a length of 55 m, and support walls 174 m long were built. Other work included surveying, landscaping and site preparation.
Completion of work in a second phase
Phase two includes replacement of remaining sections of the track superstructure and corresponding modifications to the substructure, as well as completion of bridges, underpasses, the luggage tunnel, lifts, interlocking, the garage, service roads and communication equipment. Further platforms, sewage and water systems in the station, traction mains, cabling, track earthing and dispatch control technology are to be developed. Other minor constructions are to be built and superfluous objects demolished.
The Plzeň junction lies on pan-European transport corridor IV, which links Nuremberg in Germany with Thessaloniki in Greece and Istanbul. It is also on the line between the Czech town of Břeclav, Prague and Nuremberg, the upgrading of which is a priority as part of the development of a major rail axis connecting Nuremberg with Athens and Bucharest. Nationally, the junction is in a corridor that is an important route for domestic trains and transit between Germany and Slovakia.
Work under the project contributes to cutting journey times and negative health and environmental impacts of transport, while increasing railway reliability, safety, accessibility for passengers with limited mobility, and competitiveness.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Plzeň railway junction, 1st construction – reconstruction of station head towards Praha” is EUR 46 195 866, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 33 093 794 through the “Transport” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period.