Germany confirmed that the railway connection projects Prague – Dresden – Berlin and Nuremberg – Schwandorf / Munich – Regensburg – Schwandorf – Furth im Wald – Pilsen – Prague will be reclassified as projects of urgent need. This step will allow faster construction. The minister of transport Dan Ťok was informed about this by his German counterpart Alexander Dobrindt.
Four parties interested – bidders registered in the competition for the toll system operator on Czech motorways and category I roads. This confirmed that there is interest in the contract on the market and the selection of the new toll operator can successfully continue. The Ministry of Transport will now assess whether all candidates have fulfilled the required qualification and will invite them to submit a preliminary bid.
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.