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    Brno – Blansko upgrading starts


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽ has launched a long-planned modernisation of a section of Corridor 1 from Brno northwards along the River Svitava to Blansko. The work will require a complete closure of the double-track electrified main line for one year from December 12. Local trains ...

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    Czech infrastructure manager buys Vectron prototype to power test train


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽ has purchased pre-production Vectron MS electric locomotive 193 901 from Siemens Mobility for KC72·95m to operate diagnostic test trains in the Czech Republic and abroad. Built in 2010, the 6 400 kW multi-system locomotive with a top speed of 200 km/h ...

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    Plzeň tram delivered


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Škoda Transportation has delivered the first of two ForCity Smart X34 (40T) trams ordered by Plzeň operator PMDP, and test running is planned to get underway in August. In September 2018 Škoda Transportation was the sole bidder for a contract to supply trams ...

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    Central & Eastern Europe: Rail at heart of recovery package


    Railways across central and eastern Europe stand to benefit as member states submit their national post-Covid recovery plans to the EU in order to access temporary stimulus funds. Toma Bačić provides a snapshot of proposals from five countries. 

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    Brno selects ‘grand and human, monumental and tangible’ design for new main station


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The city of Brno has selected a team of Benthem Crouwel Architects and urban design company West 8 as the winner of an international competition to design a new main station in the Trnitá urban redevelopment area. Completion is envisaged in 2032-35 at a ...

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    Praha awards first Line D construction contract


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Construction of Praha metro Line D is expected to get underway next year, following the award of the civil works contract for the most challenging section of the 10·6 km route. Once completed, Line D will run from Náměstí Míru to Depo Písnice, ...

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    Praha tram extension parallels urban development


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha city transport operator DPP has begun construction of Phase 1 of an extension of the Hlubočepy – Sídliště Barrandov tram line to Slivenec in the southwest of the capital. The extension is mainly outside the existing conurbation, and is being built in co-ordination ...

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    Orlík bridge replacement contractor selected


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager Správa Železnic has selected Metrostav for a Kc544m contract to replace the Orlík bridge near Červená nad Vltavou. The current bridge opened in 1889 and limits the maximum weight of the trains on the 59·8 km Tábor – Písek line. ...

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    Night train start-ups European Sleeper and Moonlight Express join forces


    EUROPE: Night train start-up companies European Sleeper and Moonlight Express have decided to join forces rather than develop competing initiatives to launch overnight services from Belgium and the Netherlands. On June 16 the companies said they would work together under the European Sleeper brand to ...

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    Via Vindobona deal promises 4 h Berlin – Wien timing


    GERMANY: Plans for a dramatic acceleration of inter-city passenger services between the capital cities of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria were outlined at the third German Rail Summit held virtually on May 17. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer highlighted plans agreed by the three countries ...

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    Automation test track takes shape


    CZECH REPUBLIC: AŽD Praha has installed the first regional variant of its GateSWing GTA-100 level crossing protection system as part of a project to develop a test track for autonomous train operation under the Shift2Rail programme and the future Europe’s Rail JU. Intended specifically as a ...

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    RegioJet wins tendered operating contract


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The Ministry of Transport has selected RegioJet for a contract for to operate R23 fast passenger services on the 135 km electrified line between Kolín and Ústí nad Labem-západ. The contract announced on March 30 runs for eight years from the December 2021 ...

  • České Dráhy has selected a consortium of Siemens Mobility and Škoda Transportation to supply new rolling stock for its inter-city and international services.

    ČD orders 230 km/h push-pull trainsets


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator České Dráhy has selected a consortium of Siemens Mobility and Škoda Transportation to supply new rolling stock for its inter-city and international services.

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    GW Train Regio to operate Šumava mountain routes


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The Plzeň regional authority has awarded GW Train Regio a contract for the operation of local passenger services on two lines in the Šumava mountains totalling 99 route-km. The private operator beat a bid from state-owned incumbent ČD. The public service obligation contract ...

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    Interurban tramway upgrade begins


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Work has begun on a major project to modernise the infrastructure on the 10 km interurban light railway linking the towns of Most and Litvínov with a large petrochemical complex in Ústí nad Labem region, close to the German border. Intended to reduce ...

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    RENFE to take stake in Leo Express in support of internationalisation strategy


    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE has announced its intention to acquire a 50% stake in central European open access operator Leo Express. RENFE said it sees a strategic opportunity to develop international business activities as Spain’s domestic market opens to competition. The proposed acquisition announced ...

  • České Dráhy and Polish manufacturer Pesa Bydgoszcz have signed a KC14·5bn framework agreement for the supply of up to 160 regional diesel multiple-units

    ČD signs framework contract for 160 Pesa regional DMUs


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator České Dráhy and Polish manufacturer Pesa Bydgoszcz have signed a KC14·5bn framework agreement for the supply of up to 160 regional diesel multiple-units, with a firm order worth almost KC3bn for an initial 33 units. The 120 km/h low-floor DMUs will ...

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    Olomouc tram extension goes ahead


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The city of Olomouc has awarded a consortium of OHL ŽS and IDS Olomouc of a contract to build a 1·3 km extension of tram routes 3 and 5 to connect Nové Sady with the Povel housing estate in the southwest. The estimated ...

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    Brno orders trams and trolleybuses


    CZECH REPUBLIC: A KC2·4bn framework agreement for the supply of up to 40 ForCity Smart 34 trams and 40 Type 27Tr trolleybuses was signed by Brno urban transport operator DPMB and Škoda Transportation on February 2. The first 20 trolleybuses are to be delivered in ...

  • RegioJet is to add the city of Split as a destination for its summer overnight trains between Praha and Croatia

    RegioJet extends Croatian summer holiday trains to Split


    EUROPE: RegioJet is to add the city of Split as a destination for its summer overnight trains between Praha and Croatia, building on the success of the Praha – Rijeka service which was launched last year and carried more than 60 000 passengers on 120 trains. ...