The Railway Infrastructure Administration SŽDC completed optimisation of a railway line from Cheb to Germany


Cheb, 23 November 2015 – The optimisation of the railway line from Cheb to the German state border is finished. The Railway Infrastructure Administration finalised it festively today at the Cultural Centre Svoboda in Cheb. The westmost part of Czech Railway Transit Corridor III now waits only for electrification and similar adaptations of a connecting line section in Germany.




”I perceive this project especially as a tremendous investment into the future. After the catenary on the German side is built, operation on this line of international importance will get considerably faster. Originally, trains ran there with a speed of 90 km/h, moreover they had to break due to local speed restrictions. In the future, classical train-sets will be running with a speed of 120 km/h and tilting trains even 160 km/h. Passengers had the possibility to notice a partial speed increase already now as well as an improvement of traveling comfort and train operation safety“, says Mr. Pavel Surý, Director General of the Railway Infrastructure Administration.

During construction, builders reconstructed the trackbed and adapted dewatering, exchanged the railway superstructure and built new safety equipment in the whole single-track open line section. This was approved for border lines between Germany and the Czech Republic. The construction also included adaptations of bridges and culverts. A retaining stone-and-wire wall was built in the cut in front of Cheb railway station for spatial reasons.

The optimisation allowed the line to achieve technical parameters meeting requirements for a transit corridor, especially as far as required structural gauge and corresponding loading gauge of freight trains is concerned. Several more constructions take up this project; right the following one takes account of this section’s electrification.

The construction’s investor was the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation. Total expected costs amounted up to 528,677,776 CZK (VAT excluded). The project was co-financed under the Operational Programme Transport by the European Union from its Cohesion Fund up to a maximum amount of 378,471,634 CZK. National financing was assured by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure. Construction works started last year in July and finished in October this year.


Construction Designation Optimisation of the line Cheb (outside) – German state border, 1st construction – stage I
Construction Investor Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation
General Designer SUDOP PRAHA a.s.
Suppliers OHL ŽS, a.s., Metrostav a.s.
Start and end of construction km 140.587 – km 150.540
Line speed 160 km/h
Term of launch 07/2014
Term of completion 10/2015
Total construction costs 528,677,776 CZK (VAT excluded)
Approved EU contribution 378,471,634 CZK


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