The new railway connection Prague – Dresden feasibility study entered its next phase. The company CEDOP and the French group Egis Rail completed its first partial stage. The complete study will be finished by the end of June. Construction of the new line between the Czech and Saxon capitals will bring not only a competitive connection of these two cities but also a connection of the Czech Republic to the high-speed network in Germany. It will include a cross-border tunnel 26 kilometres long under Krušné hory (Ore Mountains) which will also serve freight transport.
”A complex evaluation of the first stage unequivocally recommended a change of the RS4 route between Prague and Dresden so that the city of Ústí nad Labem may be served on this line because a new central passenger station for trains from all directions will be built there“, specified Mr Jiří Svoboda, Director General of SŽDC. Thanks to long-term activities of geological services which are a part of the Czech-Saxon project, current pieces of knowledge from engineering geological studies were used for the evaluation as well. These also recommend passing through České středohoří (Central Bohemian Highlands) by the Eastern route being much more advantageous than using the Western route as documented in the Territorial Development Principles of the Ústínad Labem Region.