Information published on 21 June 2016 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 504.

Czech Republic: Operation on the Trutnov - Teplice nad Metují line is safer thanks to the upgrade of railway crossings

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Správa železniční dopravní cesty (the Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration) has upgraded railway crossings on the Trutnov - Teplice nad Metují line. The biggest asset of this project is an increase of safety on this line section as well as smoother railway and road transport and greater comfort for passengers.

The construction’s objective was a reconstruction of 10 railway crossings, consisting in building light crossing safety installations (PZS) on level crossings of the regional line Trutnov střed – Teplice nad Metují with roads of various levels. Construction work also included changes to the level crossing surface, installing power supply for respective installations and replacing the railway superstructure and substructure.

“The main objective of the upgrade of level crossings on the Trutnov - Teplice nad Metují line was increasing operation safety. Thanks to the project, trains can now operated at line speeds of up to 60 kph and speed for crossing road vehicles from the previous 30 kph to 50 kph”, said Mr Pavel Surý, Director General of SŽDC.

The project is based on Priority Axis 3 of the Operational Programme Transport which aims to achieve higher quality of railway transport outside the Trans-European Transport Network. Its main purpose is an increase in safety on railway crossings and equipment reliability, a decrease of the human factor influence and centralising safety installations.

The total estimated cost of the construction designated as railway crossings on the Trutnov – Teplice nad Metují line amounts to 115,767,894 CZK, excluding VAT (around four million euros). The project was co-financed by the European Union Cohesion Fund under the Operational Transport Programme to the amount of 88,001,934 CZK (around three million euros). National financing of the project was provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure. The construction’s supplier was the company AŽD Praha s.r.o.

(Source: SZDC)