The Czech Republic plans to borrow 11.5 billion crowns from the European
Investment Bank (EIB) to modernise eight railway corridors.
The government will and allocate the same amount towards the project from the national budget. The exact amount of the EIB loan, which will be dispersed in tranches from 2019 through 2025, has not been set.
In total, the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure plans on allocating some 86 billion crowns towards improving the country’s infrastructure next year, with 20.8 billion crowns coming from EU programmes.
Depending on who you talk to, the centuries-old vision of building a canal linking the Elbe, Oder, and Danube rivers is either a brilliant way to open routes for the Czech Republic to three seas – a “Suez canal for Bohemia” – or an exorbitant project of monumental folly that would endanger water quality in all three river basins and erase precious floodplains from the map of Central Europe.
On Wednesday, Parliament is expected to discuss a new legislation amendment, which intends to make it easier for district authorities to remove aging car wrecks abandoned in otherwise useful parking spaces. The Ministry of Transport has criticised the amendment, saying it is lacking in a number of areas, but said it is finalising its own legislation proposal.
According to a study published by the Czech Republic’s Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) on Monday, more than a third of the trains currently in the service of Czech Railways (ČD) have been in use for over 30 years, making them unsuitable to the needs and expectations of customers. The state’s main public transport provider has defended itself by saying that it has only had a chance to start updating its equipment since 2008. However, the NKÚ believes that modernisation is going at too slow a pace.
A bus collided with a Polish lorry near the town of Řehořov in the
Jihlava region, on Monday, injuring ten people, three of them seriously.
The others suffered medium to light injuries.
The Icom Transport company bus turned on its side into a ditch, complicating rescue work. Due to heavy fog helicopters were unable to take off so rescue workers had to rely on ambulances alone. The lorry driver was uninjured. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
The state-owned Czech Railways transported 133.7 million passengers in the first three quarters of 2018, which is 2.8 million more than in the same period last year, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday. In September, Czech Railways transported over 15.5 million people, a two percent increase on the previous year.
Services were temporarily interrupted on the A (green) line of the Prague
Metro system on Sunday morning after water seeped into the Bořislavka
station. The section of the line between the stations Náměstí Míru and
Petřiny was closed in both directions.
A spokesperson for the city’s transport authority said heavy equipment beneath the tunnel at Bořislavka had damaged it and caused the seepage.
The minister of transport, Dan Ťok, wants to speed up road and motorway
projects by deterring people from launching multiple appeals against them,
the news website iDnes.cz reported. The ANO appointee proposes that a fee
of CZK 50,000 be attached to each objection – if the appeal is rejected,
the petitioners would lose the money.
Mr. Ťok said this measure would ensure that people would only file appeals if they had a specific reason for doing so. He says environmental groups are currently bogging down the construction process by making many objections simultaneously.
However, lawyers have questioned the proposal. They say some associations or individuals would effectively lose to right to appeal against road building decisions as doing so would become economically unfeasible.
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