Exactly 50 years ago, on 12 July 1971, first drivers enjoyed the newly opened D1 motorway between Prague and Mirošovice. Since then, D1 has changed drastically and in the last 7 years construction workers and engineers have completely rebuilt 119 kilometres of the motorway under its full operation. The remaining 41 kilometres will be finished by October.
Many drivers did not intend to buy the e-vignette before summer holidays given its flexible validity. However, they should not forget about it before going on holiday. A fine for driving without a valid e-vignette can scale up to CZK 5,000 on the spot and to CZK 20,000 in an administrative proceeding.
Správa železnic (the national railway infrastructure manager) is successfully implementing its plan to improve 200 level crossings this year. The modernisation, which includes also making the level crossings safer, will cost nearly CZK 2 billion. In the first half of 2021, Správa železnic finished works on 65 level crossings and continues working on other 67.
After about a half-year of being in operation, OneTicket has entered into its next phase. As of June, passengers can reserve a seat and at the beginning of July, first operators of commercial trains join the system. OneTicket now covers more than 99% of all train connections in the Czech Republic.
(UPDATE ON 2 JULY) The Ministry of Transport informs about the current measures in transport adopted to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
The construction of the alternative connection between Bohemia and Moravia is progressing. Currently, 27.3 kilometres of D35 are being constructed. In 2022, the construction of another 28.2 kilometres will begin. The first parts will be opened in July; the new motorway stretch will follow by the end of the year.