The Railway Infrastructure Administration is set to invest almost CZK 10
billion in renovations of railways stations around the Czech Republic in
the next five years, Czech Television reported. This year alone it is
carrying out more than 50 major projects to spruce up stations.
The head of the Railway Infrastructure Administration, Jiří Svoboda, told Czech TV that his officials had selected 350 locations for renovation work between now and 2024. He said the organisation would spend around CZK 900 million this year alone on improving railway station buildings.
The Czech Republic has one of Europe’s densest rail networks.
Police have charged an express train driver who did not respect a red light
and entered the wrong track in the Plzeň Region in late February. He
managed to stop the train, which was carrying 200 passengers, just 30
metres from another one travelling in the opposite direction, whose driver
had also put the brakes on.
Nobody was injured in the incident. The man faces up to five years in prison or a ban on driving trains.
The Prague transport authority has begun testing out hybrid buses produced
by the company Iveco. Trial usage of vehicles made by Solaris and Volvo
began at the end of last month. A representative of the transport authority
said the hybrid buses had so far shown savings of about one-quarter in
usage of diesel.
Prague gets between 100 and 120 new buses a year. From 2020 a significant portion of them should be hybrid vehicles. This is in part because the city has committed to halving its carbon emissions by 2030.
A passenger car collided with a train at a barrier-free railway crossing on
Sunday morning near Olomouc leaving the car’s driver and a passenger
The accident comes after renewed calls to install barriers at crossings and take other safety measures in the wake of 10 death at crossings in July alone.
According to the Rail Safety Inspection Office, over 740 collisions and other extraordinary events were recorded on the Czech rail network in January through July. Those crashes left 130 people dead.
Plans are afoot to install barriers at railway crossings on most of the country’s first-class roads by 2023. By the close of 2019, they should be in place on 132 of the 164 around the country.
Charging stations for electric cars around the Czech Republic are reporting a sharp increase in electricity intake, Czech Radio reported on Friday. The Czech state-owned energy producer ČEZ, which currently controls around half of the charging stations, says consumption of electricity in the first six months of 2019 has nearly doubled year-on-year, reaching 828 869 kWh. Other companies are reporting similar growth.
Private rail company RegioJet has announced it will begin operating trains
between Prague, Budapest, and Vienna as of June 2020, via the Czech city of
In doing so, the rail operator will directly compete with the Czech and Austrian national carriers.
RegioJet said train ticket prices would be comparable to those of “bus prices” and therefore cheaper than what Czech Railways charges now.
The state-owned provider Czech Railways will have to pay a hefty fine for
allegedly abusing its dominant position on the market in freight transport
in the years between 2005 and 2014.
According to the Czech anti-monopoly office by its behaviour, the company violated both Czech and European competition laws.
However following an appeal, it reduced the original fine from 368 million crowns to 274 million crowns for the transgression.
The decision is now legally binding and Czech Railways has no further means of appeal.
The Rail Safety Inspection office reports that the number of rail-related
incidents in the first six months of 2019 amounted to 634, which is 15-
percent increase on the same period last year. The biggest accident took
place in Brno in March, with 23 people being injured in a head-on collision
of passenger trains.
The number of railway crossing incidents in the same period increased by 11 percent on the previous year, to 92, resulting in 13 deaths. The Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration plans to equip 132 out of the total 164 rail crossings on first class roads with barriers by the end of the year.
Due to its geographical location in the centre of Europe, the Czech Republic is very much dependent on the quality of its transport infrastructure and its connection to neighbouring countries. However, a new study carried out by Raiffesienbank shows that the quality of roads in the Czech Republic is the sixth lowest in the European Union.
Czech Ambassador to Ethiopia Pavel Mikeš: ‘If you wait long enough, an egg will walk on two legs’
New debate erupts over use of -ová suffix in Czech female surnames
The Czechoslovak occultist plot to kill Hitler by magic
Archaeologists find unique grave of Roman era warlord in Uherský Brod
Czech companies struggling with labour shortage