CZECH rail infrastructure manager SŽ has confirmed it will spend Koruna 53bn ($US 2.5bn) in 2022, with the modernisation of railway lines and stations, preparation of high-speed lines and increasing safety at level crossings the priorities for the year.

Key projects underway include the modernisation of the Pardubice railway junction, reconstruction of the line between Ústí nad Orlicí and Brandýs nad Orlicí and renewal of the line between Velimí and Poříčany. The renovation of Prague’s Main Station will also continue.

Director general of the Railway Administration, Mr Jiří Svoboda, also highlighted that 28.7km of new railway, and seven stations, will open this year between Sudoměřice and Votice and Soběslaví and Doubí.

Other projects include installing ETCS and DOZ between Votice and České Budějovice, track doubling between Pardubice-Rosice n. L. and Stéblová, modernising the railway between Sudoměřice and Votice, and between Soběslav and Doubí, and reconstructing Vsetin station.

In the first quarter of the year, SZ plans to announce the results of the architectural competition for the high-speed rail terminal in Roudnice nad Labem. The next phase will be to prepare the technological provision for the high-speed line. This is related to the analysis of the market and subsequent provision of technical solution samples and licences for the required infrastructure work.

SZ says it will spend approximately Koruna 2.4bn to modernise level crossings and improve security, with at least 150 crossings where work is incomplete.

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