Trains will rush to Germany with speed up to 160 km/h


Cheb, 30 October 2014 – The modernisation of Czech Railway Transit Corridor III moved forward up to the state border with Germany. Reconstruction of its most Western part was festively launched today by the Railway Infrastructure Administration. The traditional hammer tap on rail took place in the hall of the Cultural Centre Svoboda Gallery in Cheb.




Thanks to optimisation, classical train-sets will be able to ride on the line Cheb – German state border with speeds of 120 km/h in the future and tilting trains even at 160 km/h. The current speed is 90 km/h, moreover with several local restrictions. The objective of the construction is to reach technical parameters corresponding to requirements on a transit corridor, especially as far as space clearance for trains and an appropriate freight trains’ loading category is concerned.

”The optimisation of lines will bring an improvement in speed, travelling culture and rail transport safety. Its implementation will create prerequisites for a considerable increase of running speed, which will show in full after a complete electrification of the line. However this is not part of the current project as the catenary is still missing on the German side. The construction may be thus perceived as an important contribution to the future,“ said Mr. Pavel Surý, Director General of the Railway Infrastructure Administration.

During the optimisation, builders will be rehabilitating the trackbed, adjusting drainage, changing the railway superstructure and building new safety equipment systems in the single-track open line section. The construction also includes adaptations of bridges and culverts. A retaining wall of stones and wires (gabion) will be built for safety reasons in the cut in front of Cheb railway station.

The current project will be connected to several other constructions. Right the next one should include electrification of the whole line section.

The investor of the construction is the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation. The EU Cohesion Fund is co-financing the construction under the Operational Programme Transport with a planned contribution amount up to 79.5% from eligible costs of the project. The remaining financial means from national resources will be provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure. The completion of construction works is expected in June next year.


Construction Designation Optimisation of the line Cheb (outside) – state border with Germany, 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
Running speed 160 km/h
Term of launch 07/2014
Term of completion 06/2015
Construction costs (VAT excluded) 359.316,385 CZK (tendered price of the supplier)


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