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.
The minister of transport, Vladimír Kremlík, says annual stamps allowing
motorists to use the country’s motorways will not increase in price until
the main D1 motorway is completed. The ANO appointee made the comment on
Twitter. Under current plans road works on the D1 should be completed by
2021. Motorway stamps currently cost CZK 1,500.
Earlier this week ANO MP Martin Kolovratník proposed increasing the price to CZK 2,000. This would be unfair toward drivers, Mr. Kremlík said.
At a hearing in the Senate on the advantages and disadvantages of the
Danube-Oder-Elbe project which would further develop the network of
European waterways and open routes for the Czech Republic to three seas,
its critics described it as a megalomaniac project which would not pay off.
They say its proponents have downplayed the cost of the project which would be enormous.
On the other hand its supporters say the waterway project would bring enormous economic benefits, boost river transport and improve water management.
According to the Czech Transport Ministry the project would cost 585 billion crowns, with the Elbe branch alone costing 300 billion.
One of the project’s strongest advocates is Czech President Miloš Zeman.
Although billions of crowns are spent on the modernization of Czech roads every year, being on the road in this country is not always a pleasant experience. Czech drivers are reputed to be inconsiderate, aggressive and inclined to take risks. And finding a solution to the problem has been an issue of heated debate for years.
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.
A US military convoy, which is passing through the Czech Republic on its
way to a military exercise in Romania and Hungary, has significantly slowed
down traffic on the D1 motorway from Prague to Brno. According to the
traffic police, drivers can expect hour-long delays.
The convoy, made up of around 350 armoured combat vehicles and over 800 personnel, entered the Czech Republic on Tuesday at the Czech-German border in Rozvadov near Plzeň. It is expected to leave the country on Thursday afternoon.
The Prague City Council decided on Monday to launch a geological survey for
Metro line D, which should connect the city centre with the southern
outskirts of the city. It is the first step in the construction of the
city’s long-planned fourth metro line.
The first phase of the project will involve the construction of a section between the current Pankrác station on line C and a new station in the Písnice district. Subsequently, the fourth line of the Prague Metro should extend from Pankrác to the Náměstí Míru station in the city centre.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said that starting the geological survey for the metro line is one of the coalitions goals for the first half of this year.
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.
New foreigners’ law to change conditions for non-EU nationals
Czech rock climber Adam Ondra knocked out of World Cup in Japan
Czech foreign ministry reports record number of visa applications
New index shows locations with best quality of life in Czech Republic
Archaeologists unearth rare Renaissance-Baroque brew house in ‘Czech Paradise’