The Ministry of Transport published the final wording of the feasibility study on the Danube-Odra-Elbe canal. Preparations of the material for a negotiations for the government are also under way The economic assessment showed that the Danube-Odra branch shall be further investigated, while the Elbe branch is the most expensive one and undermines the effectiveness of the entire canal. The feasibility study evaluates the benefits of an investment amounting to CZK 585 billion.
Work on the design for the construction of a high-speed rail line between Prague and Dresden continues at full speed. Preparation of the feasibility study has entered the second phrase. All documents which assess the economic efficiency of the project and choose the resulting variant of the technical solution for further design work should be completed in the second half of 2019. This was said at today's meeting between the Czech transport minister Dan Ťok and his Saxon counterpart Martin Dulig in Dresden. The ministers were also discussing the railway connection between Rumburk and Seifhennersdorf and the restoration of the railway connection between Moldava and Freiberg
In 2019 a total of 22.4 km of new motorway sections on the D2 between Přerov and Lipník and on the D3 between Bošilec and Ševětín will open for drivers. The almost 25 km of category I roads to be completed this year include the bypass of Slaný, Lechovice and Znojmo. Work on another 178 kilometres of motorways and category I roads will start soon.
The transport minister Dan Ťok and Shift2Rail CEO Carlo Borghini signed a memorandum of understanding. The Czech Republic committed as the first European country to cooperation with this initiative. The voice of the Czech Republic will now be better heard regarding the promotion of Czech railway projects and innovations.
The RSD today officially kick-started the construction of a D35 motorway section between Časy and Ostrov which has almost 15 km in length. In the spring of 2019 RSD wants to start building a section between Opatovice nad Labem and Časy. The full 27.3 km of the motorway shall open for traffic in four years.
During a night meeting the ministers of transport agreed in Brussels on a mobility package compromise. The mobility package had been dividing Europe in two camps. This compromise agreement about the social security rules for drivers will bring an end to the enforcement of unilateral national measures by EU member states, restricting the road freight market.