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.
A sharp rise in the number of highly visible warning signs that motorists
see if they wrongly attempt to enter a motorway lane leading into oncoming
traffic is planned, Czech Television reported. The recently appointed
minister of transport, Vladimír Kremlík, reached agreement on the matter
with the minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček.
Police in the past recommended that 130 “Stop – Wrong Direction” signs be installed but under the previous minister of transport only four were put in place. Minister Kremlík has not revealed how many will go up, saying the police’s proposals would be examined. The first wave of such signs is due to appear on Czech motorways in June.
The Prague ring road, which was blocked by a serious accident on Thursday,
reopened to drivers late on Friday morning.
One person was killed and 14 were injured in a head-on collision of a prison service bus transporting nine prisoners and ten security guards with a lorry carrying two veteran tanks to Plzen to be used in the end-of-war celebrations this weekend.
A fire broke out immediately after the collision in which the bus was completely destroyed and the lorry and tanks damaged.
The accident happened near Řeporyje, in the direction of the airport. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
The Scandinavian airline SAS has announced it is cancelling another 280
flights on Thursday due to a drawn out pilot strike which has already
affected 300,000 passengers.
The cancellations include scheduled flights from Prague to Stockholm. A decision on an afternoon flight from Copenhagen to Prague has not yet been announced. Passengers have been advised to keep themselves informed about developments on flysas.com.
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).
The road maintenance authorities continue in load testing potentially risky
bridges on the country’s highways and first class roads, after a bridge
in Dubí, north Bohemia was found to be a public hazard and was torn down.
Currently agreements have been signed on testing 126 bridges with the results due to be made public in November. Many of the country’s bridges are undergoing minor or significant reconstruction.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Wednesday announced the details of a planned cabinet reshuffle. Trade and Industry Minister Marta Nováková will be leaving her post at the end of the month, together with Transport Minister Dan Ťok, who is leaving office at his own request following fierce criticism from opposition deputies. I asked political analyst Jiří Pehe about the timing of the reshuffle and the reasons behind it.
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