The Railway Infrastructure Administration started revitalising the Šumava railway line from České Budějovice to Volary


České Budějovice, 10 September 2014 – Today, the Railway Infrastructure Administration as the construction investor festively started in České Budějovice Station the revitalisation of the railway line from České Budějovice to Volary, being more than a hundred years old. After the works’ completion, travelling on a single-track Šumava local line will be faster, safer and more comfortable.



The railway line No 194 České Budějovice – Český Krumlov – Černá v Pošumaví – Černý Kříž – Volary 94 kilometres long will undergo partial reconstruction of the railway superstructure and substructure, signalling systems and safety equipment modernisation and especially a speed increase.

„This line’s revitalisation comes at a very appropriate time, it has been 50 years since any serious investment was made here. Passengers may look forward to a considerable shortening of journey times. While today trains ride at a speed of 50 - 70 km/h with local limitations down to 20 km/h, riding speed will increase to 75 km/h after the revitalisation, in the section between České Budějovice and Boršov nad Vltavou even to 90 km/h. Total time savings will amount 26 minutes,“ says Mr. Pavel Surý, Director General of the Railway Infrastructure Administration.

Six railway stations will be equipped with new central boarding platforms; thirteen railway stops will acquire one-side boarding platforms within the project. Four steel bridges will be reconstructed as well. Almost one half of 113 railway crossings will be equipped with light signals, thirteen more will acquire barriers. Selected switches in old stations will be completed by electrical heating. Stations in the Volary - Boršov nad Vltavou section will be equipped with new signalling systems and safety installations which will enable remote traffic control from Kájov.

The works’ supplier is the AŽD Praha company. „This commission is very important for us, although extremely complicated at the same time. The line is being led through Šumava National park and the Boletice military proving ground where specific conditions for construction procedures must be observed. During this order’s implementation we will be closely cooperating with local companies. After the completion of works, this line will become the most modern regional line in the Czech Republic from a technical point of view,” says Mr. Zdeněk Chrdle, Director General of AŽD Praha.

Revitalisation of the České Budějovice – Volary line will cost 1.963.498, 850 CZK. The construction is co-financed by the European Union from its Cohesion Fund within the Operational Programme Transport up to 1.224.230, 470 CZK. The remaining financial means from national resources will be provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure.

Construction Designation

Revitalisation of the line České Budějovice – Volary

Construction Investor Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation
General Designer SUDOP PRAHA, a.s
Supplier AŽD Praha s.r.o.
Start and end of construction

km 0– km 82.100 of České Budějovice – Černý Kříž line

km 61,867 – km 70.778 of Černý Kříž – Volary line
Riding speed 75 km/h (90 km/h in section České Budějovice – Boršov nad Vltavou)
Term of start 03/2014
Term of completion 04/2016
Total construction costs 1.963.498,850 CZK
Approved EU contribution 1.224.230,470 CZK


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