The OHL Group, through its Czech unit OHL, has won a €172m contract from the Railway Infrastructure Administration (Sprava zeleznicni dopravni cesty) for the modernisation of the Sudomerice-Votice railway line in the Czech Republic.
The contract involves reconstruction of one of the last parts of the fourth railway corridor, which will shorten the trips from Prague to the south of Bohemia.
Touted to be the largest railway project in the region, the modernisation project is part of the 2014-2020 Transport Operative Programme and is co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds and by the Czech Republic State Transport Infrastructure fund.
Under the project, a second track, two new tunnels and a railway station will be built in the section from Sudomerice u Tabora to Votice.
The track will have a new layout that will be 2km less than the present track.
The velocity of the trains will increase to 160kmph, which will cut down the travel time of express trains between Prague and Tabor by one hour due to the construction of the 840m Mezno tunnel and 660m Deborec tunnel.
The existing stations of Strezimír, Jesetice and Hermanicky will be replaced by the Cerveny Ujezd station, which will be complemented by the stops at Mezno, Strezimir, Cerveny Ujezd, Jesetice and Hermanicky.
Two bridges will be constructed between the Jesetice and Hermanicky stops, the largest of which will of 244m.
This project is in addition to other infrastructure projects that OHL has carried out in the Czech Republic for the modernisation of its railway corridors such as the Tabor-Sudomerice section, which belongs to the Ceske Budejovice-Praga railway line.
It is part of the fourth railway corridor and optimisation of the Plzen-Stríbro track, which forms a vital connection with Germany and the rest of the countries in Western Europe, in the third railway corridor of the country.