Eurovia wins £106m contract to upgrade railway line in Czech Republic

WCN Editorial Team 16 Sep 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Eurovia, a joint venture between Strabag Rail and Elektrizace železnic Praha, has secured a contract worth €120m (£106m) to upgrade 8.7km railway line section between Smíchov station in Prague and the City of Černošice southwest of the capital in the Czech Republic.

The section lies along a very busy line, which is part of the country’s third railway transit corridor. The contract includes the refurbishment of track sub-structure, reconstruction of overhead contact lines, bridges and railbeds.

The contract also includes modernisation of telecommunications and safety equipment, widening of some portions of the line and renovation of the infrastructure and platforms of many stations in Prague including Smíchov, Radotín, Velká Chuchle.

Eurovia claims that the railway line has been designed to improve safety and traffic flow. Speed will be increased to 100-130kmph for conventional trains and 120-140kmph for tilting trains.

The works are expected to be completed by June 2022 and will apply alternating traffic interruptions to reduce disruptions to the users, the company said.

Last month, Eurovia secured a contract in Czech Republic to build 16km of new section on motorway in D11 between Hradec Králové and Smiřice in the Region of Bohemia.

The new section will include two motorway interchanges and 20 bridges.

Located in part on international transport route E67, Motorway D11 connects Warsaw to Prague and in part on the international RTE-T network, specifically the corridor passing through Brest, Paris, Nuremberg, Plzeň, Prague, Hradec Králové, Wroclaw, Warsaw, and Moscow that connects Europe from west to east.

Funding for the project will be provided under the 2014–2020 Transport Programme in the European Union’s Cohesion Fund.

The purpose of EU’s Cohesion Fund is to reduce economic and social disparities among the European Member States and to promote sustainable development.

In June, the company was also selected to upgrade the motorway D1 in the country. After upgrading four segments of motorway D1 (as part of the contracts awarded between 2014 and 2017), Eurovia CS is pursuing activities on a segment located between Mirošovice and Hvězdonice southeast of Prague in the Central Bohemian Region.

Built in the 1970s, D1 is considered to be one of Czech Republic’s busiest motorway, connecting the country’s east and west. The route has been a target of successive upgrade operations in recent years. The work will be carried out between 2019 and 2021.

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Image: Eurovia to upgrade railway line in Czech Republic. Photo: Courtesy of Eurovia.

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