Railway optimisation in the Czech Republic

Railway line and infrastructure optimisation in the Czech Republic with a view to increasing reliability, safety, accessibility, while at the same time reducing operating costs and travel times.

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The project ‘Modernisation of the track Veselí nad Lužnicí – Tábor; Part II, Doubí u Tábora – Tábor Section’ is part of the IV Transit railway corridor of Priority Project 22 Athens-Sofia-Budapest-Prague-Nuremberg/Dresden. It concerns the section between Veselí Nad Lužnicí and Tábor, which connects Prague with Linz in Austria.

Adaptation and reconstruction of the track

The purpose of the project is to revitalise the railway track and related infrastructure and equipment and to upgrade the technical condition and to bring it into compliance with European parameters and standards. According to specifications, the railway line is designed for modernisation with an emphasis on the smooth traffic flow of carriages with tilting box. The railway track itself is an electrified single track line, with a line speed of 80–100 km/h, which is limited in 50 km/h in Tábor. The track load class is D3 with a track superstructure in S49 shape, most of which is at least 40 years old, dating from 1971.

The goal of the modernisation is to upgrade the line, making it double-track, and increasing the maximum allowed speed up to 160 km/h with a D4 track load class. The scope of modernisation works on the Veselí Nad Lužnicí – Tábor section includes adaptation and reconstruction of the track substructure, reconstruction of the track superstructure, drainage of level crossing bridges, restoration of control and communication equipment, adaptation and establishment of a new contact line, and building a new transformer station. Railway stations of Planá nad Lužnicí and Tábor will also be improved, with new subway and island platforms being introduced.

Benefits and environmental concerns

The expected benefits of this project include:

  • increase in reliability, safety and freight capacity;
  • increased accessibility of railway transport for passengers with reduced mobility, as a result of work to upgrade station platforms;
  • reduction in travel times for both passengers and freight transport;
  • substantial reduction of operating costs related to both maintenance and management.

No significant adverse environmental impacts were found during the evaluation process; in fact the project will reduce the current environmental load on the region. An important part of the project includes the building of approximately 6 137 m of noise reduction barriers. The improvement of the competitive position of the rail corridor as a sustainable and environmental friendly mode of transport is also expected to provide a positive environmental impact.

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