Study to cover other lines north of Hradec Kralove.
A feasibility study for high-speed connection from Prague to Hradec Kralove and on to Wroclaw will include possibilities of modernizing the existing line from Jaromer to Trutnov and new lines north of Hradec Kralove.
This follows from an amendment to the feasibility study contract according to which the contract price will increase by CZK 2.8 million. It also includes specifications arising from negotiations with the Polish side and the regions.
The study will cover a new line by Hradec Kralove and modernizing the passenger transport line between Jaromer and Trutnov to a speed of 200 km/h. It will also deal with conventional lines north of Hradec Kralove.
Sprava zeleznic has already decided that high-speed trains will go to Poland via Hradec Kralove; the high-speed connection is referred to as RS5. The study, with a cost of CZK 15.4 million, should show the best route from Prague to Wroclaw. It should be ready by the end of the year.
The route will be connected to the planned Polabi high-speed line. In the contract documentation, the rail infrastructure manager speaks of construction costs of CZK 86–152 billion. It is not clear when construction could actually start. It is certain, however, that the line to Poland will not be the highest priority on the list of all proposed high-speed lines.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.