„The Optimization of the line Planá u M. L. (excluding) - Cheb (excluding)“ receives an award 2010 CZECH TRANSPORT CONSTRUCTION
The investor of the construction „Optimization of the line Planá u Mariánských Lázní – Cheb“, which is part of the complex of 9 independent constructions of the western section of III Railway Transit Corridor, is the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization - Civil Engineering Administration Pilsen. The optimized nearly 40km-long section reaches into two regions; it starts in Pilsner region and after the railway station Chodová Planá it continues through the territory of Karlovy Vary region. There is a single-track section as far as the station Lipová u Chebu and the interstation section to Cheb is double-track. There are 6 railway stations along the section (Chodová Planá, Mariánské Lázně, Valy u Mariánských Lázní, Lázně Kynžvart, Dolní Žandov, Lipová u Chebu), and 2 train stops (Stebnice, Všeboř). The new train stop Salajna has been built. All stations and train stops have been equipped with new platforms with the platform edge of 550 mm over the top of rail to allow an easier entry and exit and other areas for the passengers have also been modified.
The main goal of the construction:
„The construction mainly focuses on the modification of the earthworks and track adjustment and lining in order to enhance the line speed and rail operation safety; as against the original line speed ranging between 70 – 100km/h, the line speed in this section increased up to 120km/h for standard sets and up to 150km/h for tilting boxes. Extensive modifications and reconstructions have been carried out on bridge structures; by installing the state-of-the-art signalling equipment, rail operation safety has been enhanced at 12 level crossings.“
New cables interconnecting the train control system have been laid along the line. The operation on the line from Pilsen to Cheb is controlled long-distance from Pilsen; in future it shall be controlled from Prague. The construction of the telecommunication installation included among others the installation of electric fire alarm in stations, electric safety equipment, camera-surveillance system, station announcement system etc. The construction also involved the implementation of noise-protection measures, specifically the installation of 9,5km-long noise barriers protecting the population from overlimit noise induced by rail operation. The construction did not include the railway stations Planá u Mariánských Lázní and Cheb which had been previously upgraded as separate projects.
Extensive modifications have been carried out in the railway station Mariánské Lázně in view of its significance as a spa city. The island platform and the platform near the passenger building have been reconstructed. The station canopy in the railway station M. Lázně and the Reconstruction of the passenger building have won the Award of the Transport Association in 2009. The access to the platform is provided through reconstructed subway which is also equipped with two new lifts. A new technological building was built on the exit in the direction of Cheb. The reconstruction of the railway bridge with a span of 36 meters across Jesenice Dam also deserves special attention. Headroom between the underside of the overbridge and the rail level increased to 4.7 metres above the maximum level by the replacement of the bridge superstructure which is why the dam did not lose the parameters allowing the organization of international sailboat competitions.
The project documentation has been developed by company SUDOP Praha, a.s., and the subsequent competitive tendering selected the „Association Planá SSV“ as the contractor, represented by three construction companies: EUROVIA CS a.s., Skanska DS, a.s., and Viamont DSP, a.s.
The construction has been funded under the Operational Programme Transport, from the State Fund of Transport Infrastructure and from the EU Cohesion Fund. The top level of EU co-funding may account for 73.08% of the eligible cost of the construction, i.e. to the maximum extent the contribution may total CZK 2,858,355,874 of the eligible cost. The national funding has been ensured by the State Fund of Transport Infrastructure.
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