Prague Airport Rail Link project gets green light

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CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SZDC) has signed a contract with the winning consortium of companies Metroproject and Sudop Praha for the preparation of project documents for the modernization of the line Praha-Kladno with a connection to Václav Havel Airport (Letiště Václava Havla).

The preparation documents will look at modernization, double-tracking and preparation for electrification of the current single-track line for about 4km stretch between Veleslavín and Ruzyně. The project will include a reopening of the railway stop at Liboc, upgrading the railway station in Veleslavín with a direct connection to the Prague Metro A Line or relocating the railway station in Ruzyně to a new position beyond the crossing with Drnovská Street.

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Part of the project is also the construction of a new underground station at Václav Havel Airport and a new 5.5km double-track line between Ruzyně and the airport, with a maximum speed of 80km. The plans also include a construction of a new railway station at Dlouhá Míle with a park and ride facility.

“This is an important step for building a key line section of the railway connection between our capital city and an international airport. The modernised line from Masaryk Station to Kladno with a branch to the Ruzyně airport will be double-tracked and electrified in the whole section so that it will be possible to dispatch here up to six pairs of regular stop trains and through trains per hour during traffic peaks,” Pavel Surý, Director General of SŽDC said.

The earliest realistic term for launching construction of the section from Veleslavín to the airport is 2020. Nevertheless, the infrastructure manager hopes to open a tender for designing another important section from Veleslavín to Výstaviště (Prague Exhibition Centre) next spring already.