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.
By the end of this year 204 km of motorways and category I roads will be under construction. Another 172 km are prepared for construction for 2019. Current and next year's most advanced sections are the Brno D1 motorway, the South-Bohemian D3, the Karlovy Vary D6, the Chomutov D7, the Hradec Králové D11 and the Frýdek-Místek bypass on D46 and D56, including the extension to the D48 and the Otrokovice bypass on D55.
The number of drones in the Czech Republic has been growing. While there are about one thousand registered drones used by professionals, there will be tens of thousand of drones for recreational use. Pilotless flying offers huge opportunities for the future and the Czech Republic wants to be among the European leaders in this field. The "Smart Sky" concept aims at introducing a testing environment following the current trends in the Czech Republic.
Four consortia will face each other in the final round of the competition for the extension and operation of 32 km of the D4 motorway between Písek and Příbram. This was decided by Transport Minister Dan Ťok following the analysis of seven applications. The competition will start at the beginning of 2019 and the winner could start building the entire motorway section in 2020.