CZECH railway infrastructure manager SŽ has awarded a Koruna 27.5m ($US 1.3m) contract to a consortium of Sagasta, Afry and AF-Infrastructure, to carry out planning and preparational work for the 4km Václav Havel Airport railway link.  

The contract covers the elaboration of designs, planning and carrying out proceedings for necessary permits, ahead of construction beginning in 2023. 

When completed in 2025, the new line will run west from Jenec station, enabling trains to operate between the airport and Kladno, the biggest town in Central Bohemia.

The project also includes upgrading and electrifying the existing line from Prague Bubny to Hostivice and Kladno, and construction of a double track branch to serve the airport, enabling direct rail services from Prague city centre to reach the city’s international airport for the first time.  

The link will include a new Dlouhá Mile interchange, which will offer transfers between rail, tram and bus services, as well as parking space for 2000 cars.  

The preferred route for the airport rail link was selected by the Czech Ministry of Transport in August 2015, and includes the construction of both the new link and upgrades to the existing mainline. At the time, the total cost of the project was estimated at Koruna 19.46bn.  

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