Festive completion of the Optimization of the railway section Planá u Mariánských lázní - Cheb


Mariánské Lázně, 20/05/2011 – The „Optimization of the railway section Planá u Mariánských Lázní – Cheb was festively completed. The completion of the whole western branch of III Railway Transit Corridor resulted in 30-minute shorter journey time between Cheb and Plzeň. Another benefit of the construction is the enhancement of rail operation safety by means of up-to-date signalling installation, and higher comfort for the public in the form of barrier-free accesses or information systems.  Overall, the construction provided higher technical parameters in line with the requirements for the trans-European railway network (TEN-T). The essential strong point is the compliance with European safe passage capability of the line class D4 UIC and loading gauge UIC – GC.

The investor of the „Optimization of the railway section Planá u Mariánských Lázní – Cheb“, which is part of the complex of 9 separate constructions on the western branch of III Railway Transit Corridor, is the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization (SŽDC). The optimized nearly 40km-long section stretches into two regions, starting in Plzeň region and from the railway station Chodová Planá it continues through Karlovy Vary region. The section as far as the station Lipová u Chebu is a single track and the interstation section farther to Cheb is double-track. There are 6 railway stations (Chodová Planá, Mariánské Lázně, Valy u Mariánských Lázní, Lázně Kynžvart, Dolní Žandov, Lipová u Chebu), and 2 train stops (Stebnice, Všeboř) along the section. A new train stop Salajna was built. In all stations and train stops there are new platforms with the platform edge of 550 mm over the top of rail to allow an easier entry and exit. Other areas for the travelling public are modified as well.

„The construction mainly focused on the modifications of earthwork structure and track adjustments including track lining with a view to increasing speed and rail operation safety“, commented on today´s festive occasion Ing. Pavel Habarta, MBA, SŽDC Executive Director and added: „Compared to original line speed ranging from 70 – 100, the line speed increased up to 120 km/h for standard sets and up to 150 km/h for tilting boxes. Extensive modifications and upgrades were carried out on bridge structures; the state-of-the-art signalling installation enhanced road traffic safety on 12 level crossings“.

Along the whole line, new cables connecting the train control system and the operation control have been laid. The operation in the section from Plzeň to Cheb is controlled long-distance from Plzeň; in future it shall be controlled from Prague. The installation of the telecommunication facility also included the installation of electrical fire alarm in relevant stations, electrical signalling alarm, surveillance camera system, station announcement system etc. The construction also included the implementation of noise protection measures, particularly the installation of 9,5 km-long noise barriers protecting inhabitants from over-limit noise from rail operation. The construction did not involve the railway stations Planá u Mariánských Lázní and Cheb that had been reconstructed during previous separate projects.

The railway station Mariánské Lázně, because of its significance as a spa town, was reconstructed to a large extent. The reconstructions involved the island platform and the platform near the passenger building. The access to the platform is provided through a reconstructed subway which is equipped with two new lifts. A new technological building was built at the exit – direction Cheb. The reconstruction of the railway bridge with a span of 36 metres over Jesenická dam calls for special attention too. By replacing the supporting structure, the height clearance under the bridge increased to 4,7 metres over the top level, so the dam could still maintain the parameters for organizing international sailing boat competitions.

Project documentation was developed by the company SUDOP Praha, a.s., and the contractor, who was selected following a tender procedure, is „the Association Planá SSV“, represented by three construction companies: EUROVIA CS a.s., Skanska DS, a.s., and Viamont DSP, a.s.


Basic information  
Length of the section: 39,838 km
Start: 11/2007
Completion: 12/2010
Investment costs: CZK 4,4 billion
Superstructure (UIC60) 47 708 m
Superstructure (S49) 10 522 m
Switches (UIC60) 27
Switches (S49) 26
Rehabilitation of substructure 58 km
Island platforms 1 120 m
Side-boarding platform 1 386 m
Reconstruction of level crossings 12
Installation of the contact line system (single track) 30,4 km
Installation of the contact line system (single track) 9,5 km
Modifications (construction) of railway bridges 41
Modifications (construction) of railway culverts 47
Noise protection measures 9,5 km
Building of technological buildings 4
Electronic interlocking 3rd category 6
Block signals 3rd category (AB along the whole length) 39,8 km
Level crossing safety installation 12

The construction is funded under the Operational Programme Transport from the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure and from EU Cohesion Fund. The level of EU co-funding may total maximum 73.08% of the eligible cost of the construction, i.e. the contribution may be no more than CZK 2,858,355,874. The national funding was provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure.






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