Modernisation of Praha Běchovice – Úvaly line section started
Prague, 16 April 2014 – Today the Railway Infrastructure Administration festively started the modernisation of the line section Praha Běchovice – Úvaly. Together with other sections – already finished, in construction or in preparation – this new construction ensures passage of Rail Transit Corridor I through the Prague node, both for passenger and for freight transport.
The construction is part of the international corridor in direction Berlin – Prague – Vienna. The objective of the started modernisation is ensuring adaptations of track geometry parameters and thus removing individual speed limitations. This will also assure sufficient infrastructure capacity and an observance of hygienic noise and vibrations limits. Corresponding access for passengers with reduced mobility and orientation will be assured within ongoing adaptations as well.
The most expected result will be an asset of higher long-distance passenger transport quality, especially in increased travelling comfort and current reaching of maximum possible speeds up to 160 km/h. A new type of railway superstructure construction with elastic rail fastening will be used; passengers will appreciate considerably calmer train rides and inhabitants of railway lines’ neighbourhood will be bothered less by noise caused by railway transport
A platform will be built in Úvaly railway station and Praha-Klánovice stop, enabling barrier-free access into low-deck coaches. A new underpass for passengers will be constructed at Klánovice stop. The current unsatisfactory underpass at the railway crossing in Úvaly station will be closed to be replaced by a new one, directly connected to future Platform No 1 for trains in direction Kolín. New safety equipment is being installed for increasing safety and smooth running of railway operation. The construction will be implemented gradually with limited or closed railway operation in suggested individual line closures during the construction period..
The modernisation amounting 1.36 billion CZK is assured by the company Viamont DSP. The construction is proposed for co-financing by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund within the Operational Programme Transport up to 83.2%. National financial resources will be provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure. Works on the section exceeding 10 kilometres began at the end of last year already and they are planned to take 30 months. The construction should be completed then up to mid-2016 at the latest.