The Czech tram manufacturer Inekon has won a tender to sell trams to the US city of Detroit. The deal, worth 30 million crowns (roughly 652 USD), involves shipping three sets of trams to Detroit by the end of the third quarter of 2016, the server E15.cz reported this week, citing the company’s head of foreign sales Milan Haloun. The company is now seeking to secure bank guarantees.
The city of Prague will receive help from the government over planned or ongoing infrastructure projects the prime minister said on Monday, saying the government would hold talks with the city leadership after the upcoming municipal elections. Specifically, the prime minister stressed that the government wanted to focus on a railway connection between the city’s Masaryk Station and Prague’s international airport, the completion of Prague’s ring road, and the construction of a new metro line, labelled “D” from Pankrác to Písnice. Prime Minister Sobotka admitted that the ring road project was complex and would only be completed over the course of several years. He made clear that funds could be released for infrastructure such as the rail connection between Václav Havel Airport and the city centre, stressing that a quality connection was in the interest of the state.
The Trója Bridge, which is part of the recently completed Blanka tunnel complex, opened to traffic early on Monday. Plans for the bridge changed radically in the course of its construction and its initial cost estimate of 450 million crowns reached the billion crown mark. The entire Blanka tunnel complex, which cost 36.9 billion crowns and was delayed by three years ,will open to the public on December 2. The complex consists of three tunnels connecting the district of Střešovice, the area west of Prague Castle and Trója in the northeast.
The head of the board of Czech Aeroholding Václav Řehoř said on Sunday there was no question of reducing the number of Czech Airlines staff who face lay-offs. He said the company was ready to negotiate the possibility of a short period of part-time employment for some of the staff to give them a chance to find jobs elsewhere, but the number of staff to be cut was not negotiable. Last month the company announced plans to lay-off a third of ČSA employees, including dozens of pilots, stewards and ground staff. The stewards’ trade unions have gone on strike alert and are trying to get the decision overturned.
The Troja Bridge, which is part of the recently completed Blanka tunnel complex, opened to pedestrians on Saturday. Plans for the bridge changed radically in the course of its construction and its initial cost estimate of 450 million crowns reached the billion crown mark. Prague Mayor Tomáš Hudeček said at the bridges opening that while its construction had been plagued by problems architectonically the bridge was a work of art and a worthy gift to the city of Prague. The bridge will open to cars and public transport on Monday.
The Supreme Court has ordered that the case of a drunk-driver who was fined by a lower-order court for being a public threat to be re-classified as a crime. The Supreme Court heard the case after the state attorney appealed an earlier verdict. The ,man was caught heavily intoxicated speeding through the streets of Znojno and putting dozens of lives at risk. The Brno regional court classified the incident as a misdemeanor, sending it to the court in Znojno which fined the man 50 thousand crowns and issued a four year ban on driving. The case will now be reopened.
After years of delays, the controversial Blanka tunnel, a key part of Prague’s inner ring road, has finally been completed. Originally due to open in 2011, the biggest and most expensive project in the history of Prague was repeatedly delayed. On Tuesday, Prague City Hall announced that the Blanka tunnel is set to go into trial operation on December 2.
The Czech Republic’s national carrier Czech Airlines has announced layoffs in an effort to keep the troubled company afloat. The airline will let go around one third of its staff including dozens of pilots and stewards and ground personnel. The move has spurred concerns over the future of the carrier which some say could never recover.
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