Trains travelling at 200 kilometres an hour are set to go into trial
operation in the Czech Republic in August, Czech Television reported on
Monday. The Railway Infrastructure Administration plans to test them out
around a tunnel on a five-kilometre stretch of the line between Plzeň and
Prague. Other, longer sections of the route are also being considered for
The last time train speeds increased in this country was 25 years ago, when velocities went up to 160 kilometres an hour.
A new intercity train and bus schedule comes into force on June 9, with
changes to routes as well as arrivals and departures. Rail and bus
operators are introducing a number of new connections in view of
accommodating locals and tourists in the course of the summer.
The changes also affect a number of international trains. One of the novelties is a direct RegioJet connection from Prague to Bratislava, Czech Railways is offering new connections to the Tatra Mountains and the Baltic Sea resorts.
Passengers are advised to check out their train and bus connections online before setting off.
The construction of a high speed rail network in the country should begin
in 2025, the newly-appointed transport minister, Vladmír Kremlík told
journalists after a visit to Czech Railroad Management.
The Czech Republic should adhere to French norms for speed trains for which it will pay SNCF Mobilités around 11 million crowns.
The fastest Czech train, the Pendolino, travels at a maximum speed of 150 km per hour on conventional tracks.
European Union funds helped build or modernize 975 kilometres or railroads
and 495 kilometres of roads in the past 15 years, according to data
released by the Czech Transport Ministry on Wednesday.
Subsidies from European structural funds channelled into road and rail development reached 12.2 billion euros or 325 billion crowns. The majority of these projects were part of the trans-European network (TEN-T).
Czech Railways management are holding an emergency meeting Wednesday in the wake of back-to-back train collisions and a steep rise in reported accidents and ‘incidents’ – near misses. They will likely agree on stricter safety measures and tighter controls, including reviews of train drivers and key personnel.
Locomotive drivers in the Czech Republic are overworked and often find
themselves in crisis situations, Jaroslav Vondrovič, President of the
Czech Federation of Locomotive Drivers told journalists on Wednesday. He
says the great amount of overtime work and little rest is a big problem
that leads to locomotive drivers making mistakes.
His comments came as Czech Railways management convened a special meeting Wednesday in the wake of back-to-back train collisions and a steep rise in reported accidents and ‘incidents’. They will likely agree on stricter safety measures and tighter controls.
Currently, there is a shortage of at least 300 locomotive drivers in the Czech Republic. Inexperienced young drivers are often put into situations where they can make errors, railway authorities say.
The management of Czech Railways will meet to debate safety issues on
Wednesday following a spate of accidents and near-accidents around the
country. The management is likely to agree on stricter safety measures and
The number of "incidents“ and "accidents“ at Czech Railways has seen a sharp increase since the start of the year with inspectors investigating 220 cases.
There have been two accidents this week alone, with twenty-three people injured in a head-on collision of passenger trains in Brno on Tuesday, and five injured in a train crash in the Chrudim region just a day earlier.
Twenty-three people were injured in a train collision at Brno’s main
railway station on Tuesday morning.
Paramedics say that eleven of them were transported to hospital, the others suffered lighter injuries.
Emergency workers evacuated 250 people from the trains, which met in a head-on collision.
The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Czech Railways has had a heightened number of accidents in recent days.
Five people were injured in a train collision in the Chrudim region on Monday, and on February 19th a runaway train travelled six kilometers without a driver eventually coming to a stop on an uphill slope.
Five people are reported to have been injured in a train collision in the
Chrudim region shortly after midday on Monday. One was a passenger train,
the other was empty, in the process of being moved to a different track.
The cause of the accident is being investigated. In a preliminary assessment of the accident Czech Railways said it could not rule out human error.