Electrifying the railways in Jihovychod region

Travelling along the Šatov-Znojmo railway line will soon be faster, safer and more eco-friendly, following improvements made to tracks, buildings and equipment, primarily through electrification and reconstruction works.

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The works undertaken, combined with the upgrading of telecommunication and signalling equipment, will help ensure that the 11.16 km stretch of track complies with national and international standards.

Contributing to better rail travel

The rail network in the Czech Republic is owned by the government, with the Railway Infrastructure Administration, a state organisation, responsible for managing rail assets. However, for this project, the operation and maintenance of some of the communication and information equipment for passengers will be provided by the company CD-Telematika a.s.

This major project will bring benefits to a section of the ‘State border – Šatov – Okříšky’ railway line, located in the southern part of the Jihomoravský region. This follows on from the electrification works carried out on the ‘State border Austria/Czech Republic – Šatov’ line, which were completed in 2006, establishing a direct connection between the region and the capital of Austria.

Lines soon up to scratch

The European standards aimed at under the project include international agreements, such as the AGTC (European agreement on international transport lines), as well as other standards relating to rail operations. Meeting these standards will offer reassurance to passengers and enhance the network’s reputation as a quality network.

Clean, rapid and safe journeys

The main socio-economic benefits to stem from the project include better quality rail transport, increased time savings, reduced impacts on the environment, and improved rail transport safety for passengers. Upon project completion, 11.16 km of railway lines (outside the TEN-T network) will have been reconstructed, and time savings equating to 1.18 million euro/year achieved. The installation of the latest in telecommunication and signalling equipment  are also key components of the project. The above features, combined with upgraded bridges and other structures, will see speeds along the line increase up to 90 km/hour, with local speed restrictions eliminated as a result.

Draft date

21/02/2011