A candidate for the post of mayor for Prague 5, the Czech News Agency reported this week, has come forward with a novel idea to try and improve public transport in the congested city centre: water trams which would cross from one side of the Vltava River to the other, stopping off at several points. The proposal is reportedly being taken seriously by city’s transit authority.
Two people died and six were injured in a bus crash on Wednesday, which happened near the town of Planá nad Lužnicí in the south of the country. In the crash, the bus struck a railway pole and caught fire. Five people, one of them seriously injured, were taken to hospital. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
The anti-corruption unit of the Czech police has launched a probe into the cost of a Brno road tunnel over suspicions its construction was overpriced, the daily Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Tuesday. The 1.2 km-long Královopolský tunnel, which opened in 2012 as part of the city’s ring road, cost 12 billion crowns to build although originally, the costs were estimated at 3.5 billion. An earlier audit by the country’s Road and Motorway Directorate found abuse of public funds during the construction.
The Czech transportation minister, Antonín Prachař, will this week present to the government the time frame for opening of Czech rail passenger services to competition, the news agency ČTK reported on Monday quoting sources from the Transportation Ministry. The first long-distance route, between Plzeň and Most in western Bohemia, should open to bidding from rail companies in the fall. However, the ministry plans that some routes should only be offered to the state-owned firm Czech Railways in order to maintain existing levels of service. These include international express routes from Prague to Slovakia, Germany, Poland and Austria.
A 78-year-old driver behind the wheel of an Opel Corsa died on Thursday in Tabor when her vehicle was struck by another car driven by a local politician under the influence. Police arrested Aleš Lachout after testing and finding proof of alcohol in his blood. The accident took place at around 10 PM. The suspect is likely to be charged with drink driving, negligence resulting in death and for failing to provide first aid. The local branch of the party Mr Lachout was affiliated with has said it will expel him from its ranks.
One hundred and thirty-three people died in traffic accidents on Czech roads over the course of the summer holidays – three fewer than the same period last year and the lowest since 1990. Over the first eight months, however, the number of road fatalities increased by 21 year-on-year, traffic police chief Tomáš Lerch told journalists on Friday. The number could still change based on ongoing investigations where death may have been related to health problems and the accident itself was secondary.
A road bridge near the town of Havlíčkův Brod collapsed on Thursday afternoon, allegedly killing one person and wounding five others. The incident happened on a section of road which is under construction and is closed to traffic. The bridge allegedly collapsed while being dismantled by road workers. Rescue teams with dogs are now searching the rubble for any people who might be possibly buried underneath.
Czech Railways has two years, writes daily Mladá fronta Dnes, to adapt long-term strategies to ensure continued profits and growth. Until now, the state-owned firm relied heavy on the sale of property as a financial buffer but that "well" will soon run dry at a time when debts at the firm are on a rise.
Czech Railways is back in the black showing a profit of 158 million crowns at the end of the second quarter, the ctk news agency reports. The profit was generated mainly by revenues from passenger transport and cost-cutting measures in the areas of marketing and legal services. Freight transport showed a profit of 540 million.
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