Together with the new timetable (09.12.2012) SŽDC launches right-hand operation on the line Břeclav – Přerov – Bohumín
Prague, 14 November 2012 – What can passengers expect from the right-hand traffic? As at 9 December 2012, passengers will use the platform on the right in driving direction for the entry and exit in all train stops on the line Břeclav – Přerov – Bohumín. It means that the passengers will get on/off on the opposite platform in train stops than they were used to. In railway stations, the arrival and departure information will be announced through the station announcement system or information boards.
By launching the right-hand operation between Břeclav and Bohumín, Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) pursues similar precautions that were taken by ÖBB in Austria in August this year. As of 6 August 2012, the right-hand traffic in Austria runs on eight lines, among others also on the so-called Nordbahn from Vienna to station Bernhardsthal. The right-hand operation between Bernhardsthal and Břeclav is expected to be launched as of 9 December 2012.
Passengers are requested to use a permitted access way to platforms only and not to enter the track facility where it is not permitted.
Regarding the launch of the right-hand operation, SŽDC has prepared an information campaign for the whole section between Břeclav and Bohumín including adjoining cities and urban areas. The 2013 printed timetable includes such information related to those lines. As at 15 November 2012, in stations and train stops passengers will be provided with leaflets and in cooperation with Czech Railways, joint-stock company brochures will be distributed as well. From this date, passengers will be informed of the change through station announcements.
The line Břeclav – Přerov – Bohumín is the only line in the Czech Republic still maintaining a left-hand operation. The left-hand traffic on the line Petrovice u Karviné - Bohumín was terminated as of 12 December 2009; the line Kadaň - Karlovy Vary first started the right-hand operation on 27 May 2006.
The original technical equipment of the lines allowed only one-way traffic on open line tracks between stations. During the modernization of all lines, signalling equipment ensuring full two-way traffic on all open line tracks was installed. Technological modifications have already been carried out, which is why it will not be necessary to perform any alterations.
On the occasion of the right-hand operation launch, two branch offices of Česká pošta s. p., specifically in Břeclav (Břetislavova 1945/1) and in Bohumín (Adama Mickiewicze 67), will be using a unique commemorative postmark three days before the publication of the new timetable (from 6 till 8 December 2012). The launch of the right-hand operation on the last line in the Czech Republic will be a significant event for passengers as well as railway workers.
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