Record-braking grant for the project "Optimization of the railway section Planá u Mariánských Lázní – Cheb"


Prague, 14/09/2010 – The European Commission endorsed the so-far highest financial contribution from the Cohesion Fund for the Czech Republic related to the project „Optimization of the railway section Planá u Mariánských Lázní – Cheb“. It is the fourth big railway project approved by the European Commission to be co-funded under the Operational Programme Transport submitted to the European Commission by the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization (SŽDC).

The EU contribution for co-funding this project, which is included in the priority axis No.1 "Modernization of the railway network TEN-T" Operational Programme Transport, amounts to 116 710 460,- EUR, which represents 56 % of total investment costs. The investment costs of the implementation total CZK 5 139 million.

„The Optimization of the railway section Planá u M.L. (exclusive) – Cheb (exclusive)“ is part of the Trans-European traffic network as well as of its priority project No. 22. In terms of the Czech Transport Policy, this line Prague – Pilsen - Nuernberg is part of III National Railway Transit Corridor (III RTC state border Germany/CR - Cheb – Pilsen – Prague – Česká Třebová – Přerov – Ostrava- Mosty u Jablunkova state border CR/SR). The section Planá u M.L. – Cheb is situated in the western area of the Pilsen and Karlovy Vary Region.

The main objective of the project is to put the railway line and related constructions and facilities in technical conditions complying with European standards. These parameters arise from international agreements AGC, AGTC and the standards for interoperability. By adopting these agreements, the Czech Republic committed itself to improve quality of railway lines for passenger and freight. Another goal of the project is to achieve higher speed parameters of the line in order to provide shorter journey time of passenger and freight train links. One of the essential benefits represents the safe passage capability of rail vehicles of line class D4 UIC, loading gauge UIC – GC, upgrade of the current safety and signalling installation, ensuring the required line capacity and enhancement of the maximum line speed up to 150 km/h. Another significant benefit of the project is the enhancement of the railway operation safety.

Previous projects approved to be co-funded by EU: „Optimization of the section Benešov – Strančice“, „Electrification of the section Letohrad – Lichkov“ and „Modernization of the section Veselí nad Lužnicí – Tábor, Ist part Doubí u Tábora – Tábor“.


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