Next step in Czech reform programme
CZECH REPUBLIC: All remaining infrastructure activities are to be transferred from national train operator CD to infrastructure manager SZDC on July 1, following government approval of the Ministry of Transport’s proposals on February 9.
This is the final step in the separation of infrastructure from operations under a restructuring of Czech Railways launched in January 2003.
Some 9500 employees will be transferred from CD to SZDC, including train dispatchers, signallers and crossing keepers. SZDC took over control of the infrastructure on July 1 2008.
The government’s aim is to ensure non-discriminatory access to the network for all operators, within a fully transparent competitive environmen
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