The future of rail in the Czech Republic
Karel Havlíček, the Czech Republic’s Minister of Transport, explains that it is a government priority to continue to invest in and improve rail transportation across the country, with projects to strategically develop high-speed rail connections and plans to improve network capacity with the segregation of passenger and rail freight transport.
Achieving an advanced and reliable railway network which connects the regions on the territory of the Czech Republic, including high-speed railway links to neighbouring countries, is a priority goal of our railway transport development. Significant investments are continuously allocated to the modernisation of railway infrastructure, with an average investment expenditure of 20 billion CZK per year over the last five years. Thanks to this, the competitiveness of railway transport, in addition to other effects, has been increasing. However, fundamental quality changes cannot be achieved by simple modernisation and maintenance of existing railway lines.