Trains Running Through Břeclav Junction Faster
Břeclav, 28 April 2015 – Modernisation of the Břeclav railway junction is finished. Today the Railway Infrastructure Administration festively finalised the second stage of its reconstruction. Construction works were carried out for more than two years in the central part of the station which was the bottleneck of the entire junction. Thanks to a complete configuration change of the trackage, trains can ride here now with the same speed as on already finished connecting line sections.
The shape of this important railway junction near the border with Austria and Slovakia changed considerably during the last few years. The Břeclav railway station for passengers was reconstructed first; at the same time, the southern and northern part of the station underwent construction adaptations simultaneously as well as the station forecourt.
At the end of 2012 the second stage began. ”Works included a reconstruction of tracks and switches on the so-called central station head, i.e. in the central part of the station. Changing their position enabled faster passage of trains in the direction Vienna – Brno and Vienna – Přerov. Trains can now enter switches at speeds of 80 - 100 km/h and even much faster in a direct line “, says Mr. Pavel Surý, Director General of the Railway Infrastructure Administration.
More than five kilometres of new tracks connected by 67 switches with electrical heating were lain. Moreover, using seamless rails resulted in much smoother train rides and thus in much higher travelling comfort. The project also included complete reconstruction of the overhead line.
Another positive result of construction activities was increasing operation safety and reliability and services of better quality both in passenger and in freight transport. This was enabled by installing third-generation electronic safety equipment with connected adjoining line sections. In the future, operation should be controlled remotely in the whole station from a traffic control centre in Přerov.
The construction’s investor was the Railway Infrastructure Administration; its supplier was the Association of technology of Břeclav Railway Station consisting of companies Elektrizace železnic Praha and AŽD Praha. The project was co-financed by the European Union from its Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Transport. The EU contribution amounted to 709,058,398 CZK from a total sum of planned costs amounting to 1.032,243,337 CZK (VAT excluded). National resources were provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure.
|Construction Designation||Reconstruction of Břeclav Railway Junction, 2nd construction|
|Construction Investor||Railway Infrastructure Administration state organisation|
|General Designer||SUDOP Brno s.r.o.|
|Supplier||Association of technology of. Břeclav Railway Station consisting of companies Elektrizace železnic Praha a.s. and AŽD Praha s.r.o.|
|Beginning and end of construction||km 83.430 – km 84.635|
|Speed||160 km/h for tilting trains|
|New overhead line||18.4 km|
|Electronic safety equipment||1 pc with 188 switches|
|Term of launch||10/2012|
|Term of completion||12/2014|
|Construction costs in total||1.032,243,337 CZK (VAT excluded)|
|Approved EU contribution||709,058,398 CZK|
|Press release for download|