Alternate bus transport between Pilsen and Cheb terminated

27.04.2011

Regular rail operation on the western branch of III railway transit corridor restored

Pilsen, 29/04/2011 – After nearly five years of complex construction work, track possessions on III Railway Transit Corridor between Pilsen and Cheb came to an end as of 30th April 2011. Passengers do not have to change to alternate buses any more. The western branch of III RTC is part of the trans-European railway network and provides a fast link between the capital of Prague, Pilsen - west-bohemian city and the neighbouring Federal Republic of Germany.

 

 

The construction work between Pilsen and Cheb were divided into three phases: Pilsen – Stříbro, Stříbro – Planá u Mariánských Lázní and Planá u Mariánských Lázní – Cheb. All three constructions are largely (up to 85 %) co-funded by the European Union under the Operational Programme Transport from EU Cohesion Fund. The benefits represent enhanced section capacity, higher line speed, which thus leads to shorter journey time and to substantially enhanced comfort of travelling. The investor of the construction is Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization.

Basic parameters of the construction in the section Pilsen – Cheb:

„Optimization of the railway section Pilsen – Stříbro“

Section length:         30,060 km
Start:                       4/2006
Completion:             4/2009

Main benefits of the construction:

The construction focused on building the second track between the railway stations Kozolupy and Pňovany, on the reconstruction of railway superstructure and substructure, platforms, buildings, the contact line system and telecommunication and signalling installations along the whole section. The new bridge on km 371,429 replaced the level crossing with a III-class road in a cabin region at the dam Hracholusky, which significantly enhanced road and rail transport safety in this location.

Investment cost of the construction: CZK 4.4 billion

Pilsen contributed with CZK 140.200.000.

- of which the contribution under the Operational Programme Transport from EU Cohesion Fund:

The project Optimization of the section Pilsen – Stříbro is co-funded from EU Cohesion Fund, at the amount of 61% of the total eligible cost of the construction.

„Optimization of the railway section Stříbro – Planá u Mariánských Lázní“

Section length:         32 km
Start:                       05/2008
Completion:             05/2011

Main benefits of the construction:

The construction focused on the modifications of earthworks and track adjustment incl. lining in order to enhance the speed and operation safety. Considering the fact that the construction is situated in a rather complex and inaccessible territory, the new speed - compared to the current line speed ranging between 60 – 90 km/h - will be enhanced for standard sets up to 120km/h and for tilting boxes up to 140km/h.

Investment cost of the construction: CZK 4.3 billion

- of which the contribution under the Operational Programme Transport from EU Cohesion Fund:

The construction is funded by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure under the Operational Programme Transport and co-funded from EU Cohesion Fund with the maximum 73.08 % of the eligible cost of the construction.

„Optimization of the section Planá u Mariánských Lázní – Cheb“

Section length:         39,838 km
Start:                       11/2007
Completion:             12/2010

Main benefits of the construction:

The construction focused on the modifications of earthworks and track adjustment, incl. lining in order to enhance the speed and operation safety. Compared to original line speed ranging between 70 – 100 km/h, the line speed will increase up to 120 km/h for standard sets in the relevant section and up to 150 km/h for tilting boxes.

Investment cost of the construction: CZK 4.4 billion

- of which contribution under the Operational Programme Transport from EU Cohesion Fund:

The construction is funded by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure under the Operational Programme Transport and co-funded from EU Cohesion Fund with 73.08 % of the eligible cost of the construction. The EU contribution to this construction totals CZK 2.858.355.874.


Generally, the journey time between Pilsen and Cheb will be 16 minutes shorter for express trains. The competitiveness of the passenger railway transport is thus substantially enhanced. The railway station Cheb was optimized in the period 2004 – 2006, as required for TEN-T network. At present, a study on modifications of the remaining section from Cheb to the state border with Germany is being put together. However, there are still some questions unanswered due to an unclear concept of the line reconstruction on the German side.

Note: Festive completion of „the Optimization of the railway section Planá u Mariánských Lázní – Cheb“ takes place on Friday, 20th May at 11:00 at the railway station Mariánské Lázně.


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