Railway Infrastructure Administration has launched two additional modernisations of the South Bohemian corridor

11.07.2014

Soběslav, 10 July 2014 – Extraordinary ceremonial opening of another part of the modernisation of the 4th transit corridor from Prague to South Bohemia took place at the Soběslav railway station today. Glasses were raised for two construction parts at once: the modernisation of the Ševětín – Horusice section and Veselí nad Lužnicí – Soběslav. Passengers can look forward not only to increased line speed, but also comfort and safety. The investor of both constructions is the state organisation Railway Infrastructure Administration.

 

 

 

Among the most important benefits of both projects is the addition of a second track where it was lacking, and in particular the increase in the line speed of up to 160 km/h. Thanks to modernisation, the inhabitants of Soběslav will get to see the reconstruction of the railway station through to the end. Builders will construct one island and one external platform, a subway with stairs and lifts, as well as a new technological building. Partial modifications are also in plan for the railway stations Dynín and Horusice. 

“We have recently launched several modernisation projects on the South Bohemian corridor, so that currently very extensive works are underway. I believe that passengers will forgive us for the temporary discomfort, because the result will be worth it. While today it takes about two and a half hours to get from Prague to České Budějovice, in two years it will take just 90 minutes. Thereby, the railway will become a major competitor to road travel in this region,” said Director General of RIA, Pavel Surý.

In the section of the line between Ševětín and Horusice with a length of 4.5 kilometres, within the scope of bridge reconstruction the needs of the environment will be taken into account. Builders will modify migration passages under the track and construct a large bridge structure for crossing of the biocorridor at Horusice’s marshland.

The construction on the 6.5 kilometre long section of the line between Veselí nad Lužnice and Soběslav also includes the strengthening of safety features. The existing railway crossings will be removed or replaced by a fly-over crossing. An exception is the crossing at the station Řípec-Dráchov, which will remain temporarily preserved after construction is completed. Furthermore, construction works include the modernisation of the signalling and communication equipment, the traffic control equipment and overhead lines.

Modernisation of the section Ševětín – Horusice for CZK 997,486,381 is co-financed by the European Union under the Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Transport, in the amount of CZK 655,442,661. Remaining funds from national resources will be provided by the State Transport Infrastructure Fund. Construction works began in April and should be finished by the end of 2015.

Also modernisation of the section Veselí nad Lužnicí – Soběslav for CZK 1,550,469,416 is financially supported by the European Union under the Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Transport, where the EU contribution will total up to CZK 773,784,686. The remaining funds from national resources will be provided by the State Transport Infrastructure Fund. The actual construction works began in March this year and should be completed by August of next year.

Name of constructin Modernisation of the line Ševětín – Veselí nad Lužnicí, part I, Ševětín – Horusice
Construction investor Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation
Principal Project Designer SUDOP PRAHA, a.s.
Contractor Viamont DSP a.s.
Beginning and end of construction 29.303 km – 33.773 km
Line tracks 2
Line speed 160 km/h
Commencement date 04/2014
Completion date 12/2015
Total construction costs CZK 997,486,381 (without VAT)
Approved EU contribution CZK 655,442,661

 

Name of constructin Modernisation of the line Veselí n. L. – Tábor, part II, section Veselí n. L. – Doubí u Tábora, phase 1: Veselí n. L. – Soběslav
Investor structures

Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation

Construction investor METROPROJEKT Praha a.s.
Principal Project Designer Sdružení Veselí n. L. – Soběslav (main member: EUROVIA CS, a.s.; member of the association: GJW Praha, spol. s r.o.)
Contractor 56.016 km – 62.385 km
Beginning and end of construction 2
Line tracks 160 km/h
Line speed 02/2014
Commencement date 08/2015
Completion date CZK1,550,469,416 (without VAT) 
Total construction costs CZK 773 ,784,686 

 

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