Upgrade to Zábřeh-Šumperk rail line to improve transport for citizens
The electrification of a 13.46 km section of track along with upgrades to related buildings and equipment will bring significant improvements to travel conditions and the environment while also helping to meet European standards.
The Zábřeh-Šumperk section of railway is of vital importance to the Czech network as it forms a junction with the country's third national transit railway corridor. This rail corridor is part of the trans-European transport network, known as the TEN-T, and is therefore considered important to European transport as a whole. The planned upgrades will bring the Zábřeh-Šumperk section of track in line with European standards improving its speed, safety and interoperability.
Faster, cleaner, cheaper
As a result of this upgrade, citizens will benefit from major advances in their train journeys through increased capacity on the line, faster journeys and enhanced safety. What's more, the improvements to the line will reduce negative impacts on the environment. Going forward, the enhanced railway line will also be far more cost efficient.
The project will involve increasing the speed of the line to 100 km/hr which will significantly improve journey times for citizens. The entire structure of the track – above and below ground level – will be reconstructed and its load capacity will be boosted to 22.5 tonnes/axle. Central to this project is electrification of this entire section of track which is necessary for compliance with European standards and parameters.
Telecommunication and signalling equipment will be modernised ensuring safety and efficiency. Further to improving safety, a level 3 station interlocking system will be installed. While this project does not include installation of an automatic train protection system (ATP), there is of course an existing protection system which will be maintained.
Total and EU funding
The project "Electrification of the Zábřeh-Šumperk track section" has eligible costs of EUR 56 615 535. The EU's Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 46 458 142 in the 2007-2013 programming period.