Information published on 2 April 2019 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 640.

Czech Republic: SŽDC will increase safety at more railway crossings this year

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Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC) continues its endeavour for increasing railway operation safety. That is why it submitted to the Central Committee of the Ministry of Transport a draft of preparation and implementation of construction adaptations at 13 railway crossings; the draft has already been approved by the Committee. SŽDC will carry out detailed preparations on other sites in the whole Czech Republic as well, especially at level crossings where exceptional events took place in the past.

”Statistics of accidents’ development at railway crossings confirm that increasing safety in the whole spectrum – from installing warning light equipment up to adding barriers – is effective in the long term. That is why we select every year railway crossings suitable for safety equipment improvement or modernization in the whole network”, said Mr Jiří Svoboda, Director General of SŽDC.

Barriers will be added together with safety equipment reconstruction at three railway crossings on the line Lipová Lázně-Javorník in Silesia. Two level crossings will be undergoing adaptations near the railway station Vápenná and one near the railway stop Lipová Lázně jeskyně. Railway crossings on the lines Nepomuk – Blatná, Bakov nad Jizerou – Kopidlno and Žďár nad Sázavou – Tišnov will acquire barriers as well. The railway crossing near Nedvědice Station on this regional line will also be reconstructed.

Light and sound warning signals will replace St. Andrew’s crosses at railway crossings Kolín – Ledečko, Neratovice – Brandýs nad Labem, Olomouc – Krnov, Domažlice – Planá u Mariánských Lázní and Tábor – Bechyně. Moreover, the railway crossing near Milhostov u Mariánských Lázní on the line from Karlovy Vary to Mariánské Lázně will acquire barriers.

(Source: SZDC)