Planned modifications include adding a second track in some sections, with a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
Germany started preparations to electrify a second line to the Czech border, DB Netze informed this week. The announcement came just a few weeks after the German government indefinitely suspended its plans for the Nuremberg – Cheb line.
On the Czech side, the section would link up to a new line with speeds up to 200 km/h, which the rail infrastructure manager Sprava zeleznic is planning from Plzen to the state border. It should enable better rail connection from Plzen to Munich and Nuremberg.
The electrification should cover a 168-kilometer section from Hartmannsdorf to Furth im Wald, via Schwandorf to the Czech border. The line will undergo complete modernization and will become partly double track with a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The project is described in greater detail on the DB Netze website.
“This will create conditions for a competitive train service on the way to the Czech Republic,” says Matthias Trykowski of DB Netze. Until now, the rail connection between the Czech Republic and Bavaria has been significantly uncompetitive. The plans also include the modernization of 33 stations or 105 bridges. DB Netze has not given a start date for the construction.
Capacitating the lines in both countries should help solve the long-standing problem of the Czech railways, where there is only one capacity border crossing for trains to Germany. On the Czech side, the construction of the new section is due to begin in 2026, says Sprava zeleznic.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.