First-rate facilities for regional rail hub

The railway station at Přerov, in the west of the Czech Republic, and local track are being thoroughly upgraded to bring infrastructure up to EU standards.

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Heavier and faster trains will be able to use this new line, which is part of a broader national and European high-speed network. The project is expected to deliver major rail transport time-savings, of up to EUR 915 000 annually.

Station and line improvements

Přerov has a population of 47 400 and is the capital of the Olomouc Region. It is located at the hub of three twin-track rail routes, heading north-east towards the country’s capital of Prague, as well as north-west and south.

This project is a part of the pan-European transport route, a north-south high-speed rail scheme that stretches from Gdansk in Poland to Vienna in Austria. It also comes under national plans to boost rail travel in the Central Moravia region.

Goals include reconstruction of the existing twin-track railway in and around the town, installing security equipment that is compatible with European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), and coordinating work with the planned extension of the railway connection between Brno and Přerov.

Meeting EU standards

Work will be divided into two separate sections: Přerov to Dluhonice, a distance of about 3 km, and Přerov to Prosenice, approximately 5 km, which will be independent of each other in terms of finance and construction. This will also help to reduce the impact of construction works on rail operation locally.

Track will be upgraded to carry loads of up to 22.5 tonnes/axle, enabling trains to travel at speeds of between 120 to 160 km/h. There will also be extensive modernisation work – including of traction lines plus telecommunication and signalling equipment. This project does not include installation of an automatic train protection system (ATP) or change the function of the existing protection system on this railway line. By 2016, ERTMS and the European Train Control System (ETCS) will be installed on the Přerov-Břeclav branch of the national railway route to the Slovakian border.

The project will provide full-time jobs for over 190 people and, once completed, will have enhanced the track’s technical condition, related buildings and equipment – bringing them all up to modern EU standards. This should increase train speeds as well as the line’s capacity and safety. It is also likely to reduce rail travel’s environmental impact in the region, while encouraging more people to shift from road to rail.

Total and EU funding

The project “Reconstruction of the Přerov railway station, phase 1” has a total eligible budget of EUR 159 485 600, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 128 215 200 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.


Draft date

01/01/2007