CZECH infrastructure manager SZ has selected a consortium of AŽD Praha and EDIKT to oversee the revitalisation of the non-electrified 45km Lovosice - Česká Lípa line in the north of the Czech Republic.

The work is worth Koruna 981.9m ($US 44.8m) and involves reconstruction work to increase line speeds to up to 100km/h, introducing new points to increase passing speeds at stations, and the replacement of manual level crossings with automatic barriers.

There will be substantial upgrades to the Žalhostice - Litoměřice Cihelna and Litoměřice horní nádraží - Liběšice sections while several bridges and culverts will be reconstructed in Česká Lípa. Žalhostice station will also undergo a complete refurbishment, including a revision to the track layout and the construction of new platforms, increasing line speeds to 80km/h for trains heading to Lovosice and 70km/h in the opposite direction.

Preparatory work is set to get underway this month. The main construction activities which will involve line closures will take place between March and August 2022. Services on the line are operated by Czech Railways (ČD) while the Lovosice - Litoměřice section is operated by AŽD Praha.