Work on the most complicated section of a rail connection between central Prague and the city’s Václav Havel Airport can go ahead after the withdrawal of a petition against it lodged with the Office for the Protection of Competition, iDnes.cz reported on Thursday. However, it will still be several years before such a link is in place.
The ANO-appointed minister of transport, Dan Ťok, has announced that he
does "not much" wish to be a member of a new government that
acting the prime minister, Andrej Babiš, is attempting to form, Czech
Television reported on Wednesday.
Mr. Ťok joins the minister of justice, Robert Pelikán, and the minister of foreign affairs, Martin Stropnický, in signalling an intention not to continue serving under Mr. Babiš. The transport chief is due to annouce a definitive decision on his future by the end of the week.
A motorist was killed and two others were injured in a collision on the D1
highway on Friday morning. The tragedy unfolded near Prague when the driver
of a tanker truck drove into oncoming traffic.
The person who died was in a personal vehicle; one of the people injured was hospitalized.
The crash saw massive amounts of heating fuel leak from the tanker onto the road, leading to the highway being closed in both directions.
The accident took place shortly after 8 am.
An anti-corruption watchdog has accused Prague city council leaders of rushing into a multi-billion crown joint venture connected with a new metro line without public discussion and explanations of what is involved. Transparency International warns that in the wake of previous big budget city scandals, it could another case of act in haste and regret at leisure.
Corruption watchdog Transparency International has sounded the alarm over
what it describes as undue haste by Prague City Council’s municipal
transport company to push through a joint venture deal with development
company Penta for part of a new metro line in the capital.
A final decision to clear the joint venture for developing stations and surroundings on the new D line should be cleared by the transport company board on Wednesday.
Transparency says many key questions about the venture and its ramifications have not been answered. Taking a few more months to iron out issues in a project likely to last 15-20 years and valued around 60 billion crowns would not cost anything, Transparency says.
The cyclists’ association Auto*Mat has lodged a court complaint against Prague 1 district council’s move to introduce a daytime ban on bikes in large parts of the city centre. The organisation, which is promoting cycling in the city, has also called on the City Hall to review the matter, arguing that the ban is exaggerated and illegal.
A pile-up involving a number of transport trucks and a delivery truck on
the D1 highway on Friday saw traffic blocked for 3.5 hours on the 178th
kilometre near Brno.
Three people were injured in the accident.
Police on site redirected traffic to the closest exit. The blockage led to a six-kilometre-long traffic jam.
The whole of the Prague Metro system should have mobile phone coverage by the year 2022 after the supervisory board of the city’s transport authority this week approved a deal with a consortium of mobile operators. The first stage of the rollout should begin on part of the C (or red) line this year.