Czech railway presents the fifth big project to be co-funded by the European Union
Prague, 22/12/2010 – The European Commission adopted the fifth big investment project (over € 50 million). It represents another investment of the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization. The optimization of the section Stříbro – Planá u Mariánských Lázní is part of III Railway Transit Corridor. The anticipated contribution from EU Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Transport is approximately CZK 2.6 billion. It needs to be stressed that this fifth EU contribution like the previous four ones applies to railway investments again.
The optimized section, which lies on the territory of the Pilsen region, is 32 km long and the main intent is to enhance technical parameters of the relevant line in order to meet high standards of the trans-European transport network according TSI (technical specifications of interoperability).
The construction also includes 7 railway stations (Stříbro, Milíkov, Svojšín, Ošelín, Pavlovice, Brod nad Tichou and Planá u Mariánských Lázní); there are no train stops in this section. The current line speed ranges from 60 to 90 km/h. The whole construction section is electrified with AC traction system 25 kV 50 Hz. The safety installation belongs to the 3rd category of relay interlocking (from 1968), long-distance controlled from the Unified Control Place in Pilsen.
The construction mainly focuses on modifications of the track bed and track re-alignment in order to enhance speed and operation safety. Considering the fact that the construction is situated in quite a challenging and inaccessible territory, the speed will be – compared to the current line speed which ranges from 60 – 90 km/h - enhanced to ca 120 km/h for standard units and to ca 140 km/h for tilting boxes. The crucial contribution applies to safe passage capability of rail vehicles of line class D4 UIC and loading gauge UIC – GC.
Extensive modification and reconstruction works are performed on bridge structures, level crossings and contact line systems. Stations are equipped with new platforms, the height of the platform edge is 550 mm over the top of rail and other areas will be modernized for the passengers. A new up-to-date communication and safety installation will be built in order to enhance the rail operation safety. Along the whole section there will be new cables that will connect all safety and control systems with one Unified Control Place in Pilsen and later in Prague. The construction of the communication installation also includes the installation of the electric fire alarm in the stations, electric signalling, camera surveillance system, station announcement system etc. Noise barriers with the length of ca 4,5 km will be built, in compliance with sanitary standards and regulations.