The number of road fatalities over the course of the summer holidays dropped to its lowest since 1990, according to preliminary statistics released by the police on Thursday. One hundred and two people died in traffic accidents on Czech roads over the course June and July, which is 18 fewer than in the same period last year. The overall number of road fatalities since the beginning of the year is 331, a drop by 12 compared to the same period in 2016.
Finnish Transtech, a subsidiary of Škoda Transportation, will deliver a
total of 20 double deck electric carriages to Finland. The price of the
contract amounts to nearly 1.4 billion crowns.
The first double deck coaches were introduced in the Finnish railways in June 1998, and now a total of 152 coaches carry passengers on all main routes in Finland.
Plzeň-based transport company Škoda Transportation acquired a controlling stake in Finland’s sole manufacturer of rail vehicles and trams in August 2015.
The D8 motorway connecting Prague and Dresden should be fully operational,
without restrictions, by the end of September, Transport Minister Dan Tok
told the ctk news agency on Wednesday.
The construction of the motorway leading through a protected nature reserve in the Czech Middle Mountains, was dogged by problems, among them a landslide close to a stone quarry in 2013 which buried part of the road.
Although the final stretch of the motorway was completed at the end of last year a 16-kilomenter stretch was restricted to one lane due to unstable land.
The Road and Rail Directorate will start dismantling billboards located in
the close vicinity of highways and 1st class roads in compliance with the
law, Transport Minister Dan Tok said on Wednesday.
The law, which will come into effect on September 1st, bans advertisement billboards within 250 metres from the roads in view of boosting safety.
The legislation has met with strong opposition from outdoor advertising operators some of whom have started replacing advertisements with gigantic Czech flags and other non-commercial posters and leaving the billboards in place.
The authorities in Prague are set to make alterations to the major
multi-lane road that cuts through the centre of the city. New crossings are
to be built on the road, known as the magistrále (mainline), while
adjacent parks and streets are to be cleaned up under a plan approved by
councillors on Tuesday.
Deputy mayor Petra Kolínská said the road was more than anything a barrier that divided different parts of the city from one another and was avoided by pedestrians. At present it has very few crossings while its underpasses are often in a poor state.
Renovation work has begun on the Prague Metro station Skalka on the A or
green line. Builders are set to repair water damage, clean tiles and
replace the lights in the station at a cost of around CZK 135 million. The
work will not interrupt services at the Prague 10 station.
The Skalka station was opened in 1990, 12 years after the initial part of the A line went into operation.
Four companies are competing in a tender to operate the road toll on Czech
motorways after the present contract with the Austrian firm Kapsch expires
The firms in the running are Kapsch which is currently operating a microwave-based truck tolling system which has come under fire for excessive costs and disappointing returns to state coffers, Skytoll, which is operating a tolling system in neighbouring Slovakia,the German T-Systems International and National Toll Payment Services.