CZECH infrastructure manager SŽ has awarded a consortium led by Metroprojekt Praha and including Valbek, Mott MacDonald and Egis Rail a contract to design the 60km Prague - Lovosice section of the high-speed line that will connect Prague with Ústí nad Labem and Dresden in Germany.

The contract covers the preparation of documentation to obtain final planning permission, as well as the project plan and documentation for the environmental impact assessment.

The design contractor will also prepare a digital BIM model of the Prague - Lovosice section, which SŽ says should enable efficient management of the completed line and help reduce maintenance costs.

The high-speed line will have a maximum speed of 320km/h and will reduce the fastest journey time between Prague and Ústí nad Labem by 30 minutes.

In addition, the dedicated passenger route should release capacity for more freight trains to operate on the existing route between Prague, Ústí nad Labem and the German border.

Construction of the Prague - Lovosice section is due to start around 2027 for operations to commence three years later.

An intermediate high-speed station will be built at Roudnice nad Labem, offering a journey time of 19 minutes to the centre of Prague.

Design work is now underway following the signing of a contract with Rusina Frei Architects, the winner of an international competition held by SŽ which attracted 10 entries.

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