Trains in Prague between Bubeneč and Holešovice run faster, a new stop at Podbaba is now in service for passengers
Prague, 26 November 2015 – Today, the association of suppliers led by Metrostav handed over the modernised section of the railway line between Prague city parts Bubeneč and Holešovice to the investor – the Railway Infrastructure administration. The optimisation of this line is an important European project of railway civil engineering; that is why the European Union participated in its co-financing through its Operational Programme Transport.
The modernised line section 4.465 km long is double-tracked and electrified by a3 kV DC system. It consists of two railway stations Praha-Bubeneč and Praha-Holešovice including a branching-off point Stromovka, where a double-track line will be connected from the direction Praha Masarykovo nádraží (Prague Masaryk Station)í. Thanks to this construction’s completion, the line now meets parameters as set by international principles concluded for modernisation of the trans-continental railway network. Line speed was increased in several places up to 90 km/h, required track clearance was assured and, last but not least, operation safety was increased as well.
”The most important asset of the construction for the travelling public was building a new Praha-Podbaba stop which has a better connection to Prague mass urban transport than the existing Praha-Bubeneč station. This station functions since last year only as an overtaking station “, says Mr. Pavel Surý, Director General of the Railway Infrastructure Administration. Mr. Tomáš Kohout from Metrostav Division 5 as Head of Project says that the line was reconstructed gradually in three construction stages; coordinating the reconstruction schedule within gradual line closures was the most demanding issue.
Construction works included adaptation of the railway substructure earthwork in connection with a change of the horizontal and vertical alignment of the line, modernisation of the railway superstructure, sanitation of embankment and retaining walls, building new anti-noise barriers and exchanging windows. Praha-Holešovice station underwent reconstruction including repairs of the passenger building, platforms and their roofing, underpasses and elevators. The catenary was exchanged and modern safety, communication and heavy-current equipment was installed.
However, the biggest construction changes were related to the new railway stop at Podbaba. The stop has two roofed platforms 220 metres long and connected by an underpass under the tracks with stairs and ramps leading to the platforms. Anti-noise barriers run along both platforms. Works also included park adaptations on the whole affected area of the new stop which were carried out this spring. As both the underpass and the retaining walls became a target of sprayers’ activities the Metrostav company had them painted. Children from Petřiny-North primary school and a professional studio of arts 3AX participated in providing coloured decoration.
The transformer substation on the site of the former Praha-Bubeneč station was completely reconstructed as well, especially premises designed for heavy-current and new safety equipment. Bubeneč railway station was closed at the end of August last year, exactly after 164 years of service. Sanitation of historical retaining walls continued on the spot.
Construction works started in January 2013. Based on noise measurements on selected spots along the line and upon elaborating a study concerning noise issues, the last task was carrying out anti-noise measures consisting in exchanging windows at selected dwelling houses.
Total estimated investment costs of the construction designated as Optimisation of the line Praha-Bubeneč – Praha-Holešovice amounted up to 930,117,596 CZK (VAT excluded). The investor was the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation. The construction was proposed for co-financing by the European Union from its Cohesion Fund under the Operational programme Transport up to an amount of 687,103,574 CZK. The remaining financial means from national resources were provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure.