Sixty-six people died on Czech roads in the course of June, the highest death toll in any single month this year, according to statistics released by the traffic police on Monday. Despite a heightened police presence on the roads ahead of the annual holiday rush the death toll is exceptionally high, up by 29 deaths as compared to last June. 277 people were reported seriously injured in car accidents over the same period.
A busy tram line that runs through the centre of Prague has been reopened after two months. Service has been renewed between Jindřišská and Lazarská after a 50-million crown project to repair lines and enable wheelchair access at the latter tram stop. The nearby section of line between the corner of Myslíková and Spálená streets and Karlovo náměstí has now been closed for renovation work that will run until August 9.
The Finance Ministry on Friday replaced several members of Czech Aeroholding’s board of directors and of its supervisory board, the ministry said in a press release. Three out of five members of the state-owned firm’s board of directors were dismissed including Czech Airlines CEO Philippe Moreels. Meanwhile, five out of seven members of company’s supervisory board were also replaced; among its new members is the economist and former presidential candidate Jan Švejnar. The ministry said the changed were implemented to better prepare the company, with its subsidiaries Czech Airlines and Prague Václav Havel Airport, for its public listing in the future.
Prague’s Národní třída metro station reopened to the public on Friday after undergoing a major reconstruction. The station was closed in the summer of 2012 in order to enable a large developer’s project in the vicinity. Národní třída, located in the city centre on the metro’s B line, is one of the busiest transport nodes in Prague, used by around 21 thousand passengers daily.
A light sport aircraft crashed near the town of Kondrač in south Bohemia on Thursday killing two people. It is not yet clear what caused the accident. Eyewitnesses, who pulled the pilot and passenger out of the plane, said the aircraft was not on fire when it came down. Although paramedics were at the site of the accident within minutes both the pilot and passenger died shortly after, both having suffered multiple internal injuries.
Tribute has been paid to the great Czech industrialist Emil Kolben, with the unveiling of a plaque at his former Prague home on Wednesday morning. Kolben, who died in the Holocaust, co-founded one of the country’s most important electrical engineering companies – and today a street and metro station in the capital bear his name.
Traffic police around the country will increase controls on Czech roads ahead of the upcoming summer holidays in an effort to lower traffic accidents. The month of June registered a markedly higher number of fatalities on Czech roads than last year: 54 people lost their lives in accidents – 27 more than during the same period last year. The first three summer holiday weekends will see the police concentrate on major roads and highways. Between July 21 and 27 they will also focus on tourist busses.
Drivers can be almost guaranteed a bumpy ride and delays on the country’s busiest stretch of motorway between Prague and Brno. Much of motorway is already in a poor state and modernization work on a few selected stretches have caused long queues. Now a debate has reopened over whether the Road and Motorway Agency is going about the reconstruction in the right way.
Two cyclists – a 41-year-old woman and a 71-year-old man – were struck on Sunday by a driver in the area of Domažlice. The motorist, in a white Octavia, had consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel, police confirmed. The older cyclist was killed instantly, the female died during transport to hospital. Neither of the two were wearing protective helmets, according to reports. The accident took place on a section of road where two women died three years ago. Sixteen cyclists have died on Czech roads so far this year, an increase from 2013; around half of cycling accidents are reportedly caused by motorists.
A traffic accident on Friday afternoon saw marked delays on the D1 highway from Prague in the direction of Brno. The crash, involving two vehicles, was not serious but took place in an area undergoing reconstruction not far from the capital. Movement along the highway slowed to a crawl, with cars becoming backed up six kilometers. Traffic jams on the D1 have become a regular occurrence since an extensive and long-planned renovation of parts of the highway began. Motorists, especially on peak days, are advised to monitor the situation either over the internet or the airwaves, to try and avoid long delays.
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