The new track opened a year earlier thanks to a change in procedure.
Správa železnic opened a new double-track segment of the Czech railway network this week, ending a period of closures and restrictions on the line between Pardubice and Hradec Králové. The second track was handed over a year ahead of schedule.
The 7.5 km long original track of the formerly single-track section was completely rebuilt during a four-month closure in the spring and summer of this year. Once the ETCS signaling system goes into operation, scheduled for 2024, trains will be able to travel here at speeds of up to 160 km/h.
The contract was awarded to a consortium of Skanska and Elektrizace železnic. Besides double-tracking, the modernization of the segment from Rosice nad Labem to Stéblová on the Pardubice – Hradec Králové line includes a new bridge over the river Elbe as well as refurbishing stations along the line. The complete work, worth over EUR 111 million, will be finished next year.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková