A few months ago, we wrote about plans for a new high-speed railway system between the Czech Republic and Germany that would result in a two-hour train ride from Prague to Berlin.
Yesterday, officials from the Czech Republic’s Green Party indicated a high speed rail link from Prague to Brno has become a priority, and that the timeframe for the network could be shortened by five years, giving an operational estimate of 2033.
“The priority is the high-speed line between Prague and Brno,” said Matěj Stropnický, head of the Czech Republic’s Green Party, as reported by iDnes.cz.
“The current timetable for the Railway Infrastructure Administration is not expected to be operational until 2038. We believe that this time can be shortened by up to five years, so from next year to 2033.”
While the environmentally-friendly Green Party can can sometimes be opposed to large-scale projects like this, they’re pushing for the railway project to be completed as soon as possible.
The establishment of a high-speed rail network within the Czech Republic could greatly reduce emissions from cars on the country’s highways.
The railway would not only go from Prague to Brno, but also from Prague to Dresden and Munich, and from Brno to Ostrava, Vienna and Bratislava.
Two options exist for the Prague to Brno link, passing through either Benešov and Jihlava or Havlíčkův Brod. Links from Prague to Most and Prague to Warsaw are also being considered.
The Czech Ministry of Transport has released a map of proposed routes:
Within the next parliamentary term, the Green Party hopes that fixed routes can be agreed upon, and the purchase of land can begin.
The total cost of the Czech Republic’s high-speed rail network is estimated to be in the range of 100 billion crowns.