Two years from now, trips from Czech Republic to Poland by train will become faster, safer and greener thanks to a refurbished section from Dětmarovice to the Czech-Polish border, via Petrovice u Karviné.
The project is part of an investment programme aiming at removing bottlenecks along the main railway corridors in the Czech Republic, co-financed by a Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) grant and EIB loan. It comprises the modernisation of eight railway sections located on the core network corridors of the country. In total, 10.8 kilometres of the railway line will be refurbished for an investment cost of nearly CZK 3 billion.
Removing bottlenecks on the Czech Republic core network
The reconstruction project officially started on 25 September 2020. Along with an electrified double-track section on the transit railway corridor from Dětmarovice to the Czech-Polish border via Petrovice u Karviné, the single-track connection between the Závada and Koukolná branches will also be renovated, making it possible to travel by train from Poland to Karviná without ‘zig zag’.
Thanks to the improvement of railway substructure, track structure and bridges, trains will no longer have to slow down from 100 to 65 kph in the Petrovice u Karviné station. State-of-the art safety equipment will be installed along the entire section, including the stations and railway crossings. The project will also include the reconstruction of the overhead lines and installation of new lines where needed. The power supply station in Petrovice u Karviné will also undergo refurbishment, thus improving its energy efficiency.
Connecting Europe Facility
European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport Blending Facility was launched in 2019 to further promote the participation of private sector investors and financial institutions in projects supporting environmental sustainability and transport efficiency in Europe. The €200 million facility supports two specific transport areas: European railway traffic management systems and alternative fuels.
EIB’s investment for sustainable transport
Historically, the EIB has supported in large extend clean investments in the railway sector and urban public transport in particular metro and tramway projects contributing to the large share of climate action projects. EIB’s investments in lower carbon transport (railway, metro, tramways and alternative fuels) increased by 30% between 2018 and 2019 to reach EUR 7.6bn in 2019.
The EIB became a full member of the Association for Infrastructure Development (ARI) as of March 2021, z.s. It will include a strenghtened cooperation on events and communication activities and will be an opportunity for the EIB to interact more closely and share its expertise with other ARI members within the infrastructure financing working group, notably in the fields of infrastructure and PPP projects and regarding the implementation of the European Green Deal.
The EIB, represented by Vice-Presidents Lilyana Pavlova and Ambroise Fayolle as well as the Head of the EIB Prague Office Nathalie Binet, and Andrea Ferjencikova, joined the Prague European Summit 2020 on 18 and 19 November to discuss with Czech and European partners common responses to current and future challenges for the European Union, such as climate change and the post-pandemic recovery.
The EIB is providing €264 million to support the construction of a 31 km section of the A49 motorway. The new section – Schwalmstadt-Ohmtal Dreieck, located in the German State of Hesse – bridges a current gap in the motorway network. The 30-year long-term loan from the EU bank for the A49 is backed by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). Under the Investment Plan for Europe, the EIB Group and the European Commission are working together as strategic partners to boost the competitiveness of the European economy.