The first Czech-Bavarian Railway Summit in Furth im Wald addressed the improvement of the interconnection between Prague and Munich, especially the increase in train speed and the capacity of railway links. The transport minister Dan Ťok signed a joint declaration with his Bavarian counterpart Joachim Herrmann on the improvement of the cross-border railway infrastructure, which aims to reduce the travel time between Prague and Munich to less than four hours by 2030.
Bidders can register in a new tender for the road toll on Czech motorways and class I roads. The Ministry of Transport has issued, in accordance with the Government's resolution, issued an invitation to tender for the toll system operator after 2019. The estimated contract price is almost CZK 29 billion excluding VAT for 10 years.
In 2016 more than CZK 78.7 billion could be drawn for transport construction projects. This is stated in the annual report of the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure (SFDI), which the government received today. The Transport resort has been able to benefit more than CZK 13 extra billion for transport projects than what was originally approved in the SFDI budget. This is historically the best result of drawing funding from the transport infrastructure budget.
We are building where we can and spend the highest amounts of money in history on the preparation of new motorways, so the European money will soon have been drawn down. This is what the Minister of Transport Dan Ťok said at the meeting of the leaders of the Czech construction industry.
The new eight-kilometre section has completed the entire modernisation of the North and South Section of the Červenohorské sedlo pass. The I/44 road, which is the key link for tourism in this area, connects the Šumpersko and Jesenicko regions and also provides interregional transport links, i.e. the interconnection of these regions with inland and Poland. This class I road is one situated in the highest altitude of all Czech class I roads and now opens to drivers throughout its length.
On Thursday, June 8, the reconstruction of the 160-year-old Negrelli Viaduct in Prague started. This festive step also commenced the first construction phase of the key connection between the Masarykovo nádraží Railways Station and the Václav Havel Airport. Operation via the viaduct will be quieter thanks to the use of modern technologies and trains be able to go at higher track speeds. The commencement of this important reconstruction, which will take almost three years, was also attended by Deputy Minister of Transport Milan Feranec.