Contract signed for Prague – Lovosice high-speed rail, price drops by 30%
Sprava zeleznic expects construction to start in 2027.
Czech rail infrastructure manager Sprava zeleznic has concluded another large contract for zoning permit documentation processing for the new high-speed line. The roughly 60-kilometer-long section of the RS 4 line from Prague to Lovosice, designated as VRT Podripsko, will be prepared by a consortium led by Metroprojekt Praha.
According to published data, the contract price is CZK 152.2 million, while the estimated price was CZK 230 million. The consortium includes Valbek, Egis Rail, and Mott MacDonald.
Besides the documentation, the contracted companies will also prepare a project plan, EIA documentation, and a digital model of the line according to BIM standards. The contract includes negotiating the documentation with relevant authorities and ensuring all processes for obtaining the final zoning permit.
The contract concerns a part of the future Prague – Dresden route between Prague-Balabenka and the Lovosice exit. The design speed will be up to 320 km/h. The RS 4 line, or HSR Podripsko, will not be available for freight transport. Cargo trains will be able to use the freed capacity on the current corridor line. Once this section is in operation, the connection between Prague and Usti nad Labem will be shortened by more than 30 minutes.
Sprava zeleznic expects the construction to start around 2027 with operation starting about three years after that. On the RS 4, a terminal near Roudnice nad Labem will be built, making the center of Prague accessible in 19 minutes. The winner of a design competition signed a contract to design the terminal two weeks ago. Sprava zeleznic is currently working on the design of over 200 km of high-speed lines.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.