The regional court in Nový Jičín has acquitted all 10 people standing
trial in the case of a collapsed bridge in Studénka which caused a serious
train crash in 2008. The bridge collapsed just minutes before a passenger
train ploughed into the debris. Eight people died in the accident, dozens
of others were injured and the damage amounted to around 180 million
The judge ruled that since experts were unable to say what exactly caused the bridge to collapse he could not attach the blame to any given person. Those charged in the case include civil engineers from the firm contracted with the renovation of the bridge. Families of the victims have expressed deep disappointment over the verdict.
Snow and ice have caused chaos on Czech roads on Thursday. Fire services
have also been called out across the country to deal with fallen trees
prompted by the snowfall.
In south Moravia police reported around three dozen accidents on roads. Most major roads were said to be open although motorists faced problems on higher ground. Warnings have been issued that temperatures could drop to minus 10 degrees Celsius over the weekend.
The Czech Republic is considering drawing on funds from the European
Investment Bank (EIB) to help develop its transport infrastructure.
Deputy minister Tomáš Čoček said a loan of around 100 million crowns could be sought which would be divided between road and rail projects.
He said the loan could replace a shortfall in state funds and be possibly cheaper than using state bonds to finance such development.
The road connecting the town of Žamberk in north-east Bohemia with
Jablonec nad Orlicí and Červená Voda remains to be the country’s most
dangerous road, according to a new risk map released by the European Road
Assessment Programme on Wednesday.
The organisation assesses roads in Europe by measuring and mapping the rate at which road users are being killed or seriously injured, with the aim to improve road safety.
The investment group PPF of Petr Kellner has signed an agreement on the
purchase of 100 percent shares in the Plzen engineering company Škoda
Transportation. The sales deal was confirmed by PPF spokeswoman Zuzana
Migdalová, though she did not specify how much PPF paid for the company.
According to the business news site ihned it was over 10 billion crowns. With its 5,300 employees, Škoda Transportation is the biggest transport engineering company in Central and Eastern Europe.
Rescue crews, police divers called after car plunges into Labe River
Emergency crews including police divers were called to the district of
Rozbělesy, Děčín, on Monday after a vehicle broke through a road
barrier, according to witnesses, and plunged into the Labe River. The
accident took place shortly before 10 am. The vehicle was not immediately
found but was recovered later by crane.
One person was found dead inside. The death is being investigated by the police.
Road conditions appear to not to have been a factor in the accident; while there was snowfall overnight, it was at higher levels in the Ore Mountains (Krušné hory).
Prague has been ranked fifth in a survey of the world cities with the most
sustainable public transport. Hong Kong placed first in the Sustainable
Cities Mobility Index produced by Arcadis, part of London’s Centre for
Economic and Business Research.
The study’s authors rated cities according to three main factors: social, environmental and economic. Prague lost points because of occasional traffic jams and air pollution. The Czech capital finished just ahead of sixth-placed Vienna, with which it is frequently compared in terms of public transport, the news site iDnes.cz said.
The ride-sharing service Uber is back on the road in Brno after the Supreme Court in Olomouc temporarily overturned a ban on its services in the Czech Republic’s second largest city. This is the second time that such a ban has been invalidated by a higher instance court in a protracted battle between Brno’s taxi drivers and Uber.