High-Speed Rail Revolution in the Czech Republic

Petr Hloušek

The Czech Republic is embarking on an ambitious journey to revolutionize its transportation system. With the plan to construct high-speed rail routes, the country is expected to see trains running up to 350 km/h in the coming years. According to Jakub Bazgier, the Director of the High-Speed Rail Construction Administration from the Railway Administration, the construction preparation is furthest along Moravia’s southern and northern parts.

The most promising projects as of now seem to be in Moravia. There are two main projects, one in the south, from Brno to Rakvice, and the other from Prosenice near Přerov to Ostrava-Svinov. The government reportedly plans to commence construction within three years, and trains could be operational as soon as 2032-2033 in the south and a year later in northern Moravia.

The high-speed rail routes are expected to reduce travel times significantly. However, the actual speeds will depend on the readiness of the transporters and the types of trains they deploy. The Pendolino trains, for example, can run at 230 km/h.

As for the financing aspect, the form of financing currently under review for both high-speed and conventional construction projects will play a significant role in deciding the commencement of these projects. Once the evaluation is complete, the government will get a recommendation from the private sector on the more suitable projects for financing.

In conclusion, the high-speed rail revolution in the Czech Republic is not just a leap toward modernization but also an affirmation of its commitment to providing efficient, fast, and sustainable transportation for its citizens.