Two years from now, trips from Czechia to Poland by train will become faster, safer and greener after 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.
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.