The Czech Ministry of Transport chose the railway connection from Ruzyně to the centre of Prague and Kladno
PRAGUE (14 July 2015) – The project of a railway connection from the Václav Havel Airport (Ruzyně) with the centre of Prague and Kladno, being postponed for many years, took a considerable step forward. The Czech Ministry of Transport chose the transport solution based on a feasibility study of the Railway Infrastructure Administration in which all available route options were evaluated from the point of view of track capacity, an operation model, environmental plausibility and economic effectiveness as a necessary condition for financing the construction from EU funds.
”The option we have chosen reckons with connecting the airport with Masaryk Station through Dejvice and Veleslavín and a branch line after passing Praha-Ruzyně Station. Project preparation can now start in all sections of this route. We have still to deal with the section Dejvice -Veleslavín. I understand the needs of the Prague 6 District and I am willing to satisfy it, nevertheless we must demonstrate the construction’s economical effectiveness, otherwise it could not be financed from EU funds “, said Mr. Dan Ťok, Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic.
The selected option assumes extensive modernisation of the current railway network, its electrification and building a branch leading to the airport. At the same time, it offers the highest number of dispatched trains, namely six pairs per hour in time of highest peaks. It also offers comfortable journey times from the city centre (27 minutes) and shows good economic evaluation results. It must be also noted that the winning option assumes a fully double-track line in the section Praha - Masarykovo nádraží (Masaryk Station) and Praha-Letiště Václava Havla (Václav Havel Airport) as it is the most stable option to keep the timetable. Total construction costs amount up to 19.46 billion CZK (VAT excluded).
”The first parts of the construction could start approximately in three years. Our objective is to start building as much as possible within this programming period 2014 - 2020“, said Minister Ťok.
The chosen option assumes that demand for transport in this locality will notably increase. ”It is also important to decrease noise emissions and to decrease considerably vibrations under allowed limits thanks to a new construction of the railway substructure, the railway superstructure and the bridge as well as installing anti-noise measures“, said Mr. Pavel Surý, Director General of the Railway Infrastructure Administration. He also added that thanks to electrification, exhalations in this area would be much lower. According to the study, modernisation of the lines and improving transport services will moreover provide support to town planning development in the localities of Bubny, Dejvice, Veleslavín, Ruzyně, Dlouhá míle, villages and towns situated on the railway line Praha – Kladno.
The connection of the Prague centre, Ruzyně Airport and Kladno by railway resulted from previous studies of the capital of Prague which determined transport to the airport by metro (underground) or by tram as insufficient. Transport by metro would be fast enough, but due to the expected demand it would not have sufficient capacity; moreover it would be extremely demanding on investments and it would not satisfy the economical effectiveness condition. Connection to the centre by tram would be more economical, but it could not reach even current journey times that buses can achieve.