After eight years, the last narrowing measures on D1 motorway between Mirošovice and Kývalka disappeared. More than 10 construction companies worked under full traffic and built brand new 160 kilometres of the motorway. Over 1,000 workers and tens of machines were working at one time, some works were done also during nights. Finishing D1 motorway means that drivers can get from Prague to Brno in two hours without speed limits or traffic lanes narrowing.
The Ministry of Transport and its partners evaluated the current position of the Czech Republic in field of autonomous driving. The Ethics Committee of the Ministry of Transport concluded the first phase of its activity and prepared recommendations for operation of self-driven vehicles and for further development in this field. The Ministry also launched project focusing on legal aspects of operation of self-driven vehicles in the Czech Republic.
At its meeting today with the European Commission representatives in Prague, the Czech and Saxon delegations presented joint priorities for speeding up international travelling by train. The ministers Karel Havlíček and Martin Dulig stated that inclusion of the high-speed railway from Prague to Dresden via Ústí nad Labem into Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is a shared priority. They focused also on financing of railway transport buildings from European funds. The meeting took place at the occasion of arrival of the Connecting Europe Express (CEE, European train promoting railway transport) to Prague.
The government approved Plan for Modern Protection of Czech Railways – Implementation of the European Train Control System (ETCS), which proposes a gradual implementation of ETCS on 4,800 km of railways by 2030 and on the entire railway network by 2040. The system should increase security and allow for better use of the national railway transport. It will build on the current deployment of this technology to corridor and core railways.
The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has officially started its operation. A vast majority of the EU Space Programme will be newly managed from the Czech Republic such as the existing EU satellite navigation systems Galileo and EGNOS, Earth observation system Copernicus, upcoming telecommunication system GOVSATCOM as well as infrastructure for space traffic management, space weather and more. In addition, the EU Space Programme will incentivise entrepreneurship and innovations, involvement of small and medium businesses and other activities aimed at development and deployment of services based on users’ needs.
Správa železnic (the Czech railway infrastructure manager) and DB Netz concluded an agreement with a contractor for project phase of a cross-border section of a high-speed railway from Prague to Dresden. Experts will shortly begin to work on document materials for the forthcoming tunnel in Ore Mountains.