Deutsche Bahn subsidiary Arriva, which secured a contract to operate four
express rail lines in the Czech Republic, is to be fined for a series of
problems in the Liberec region.
Arriva started operating at the start of December but its trains have been running late and the company also has problems with the check-in system.
The regional management says that unless everything is running smoothly by mid-January at the latest it will consider withdrawing from the contract.
The 45-million-euro contract covers four lines from Prague to the cities of Tanvald, Novy Bor, Rakovnik and Ceske Budejovice.
Under the contract Arriva will operate the lines for three years, with the option to extend the contract by a further two years.
The Czech Republic’s rail companies are planning to make major investments in the coming years, the Czech News Agency reported on Monday. The biggest operator, Czech Railways, is at present running a number of competitions to supply it with tens of new wagons and locomotives and will invest up to CZK 40 billion in the next five years, while RegioJet and other service providers aim to spend several billion crowns in a three-year period.
The private Czech train and bus operator Leo Express is set to deploy new trains, manufactured by the Chinese company CRRC, the Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday. The new Sirius train units should start operating next year. The total value of the investment, which includes the delivery of three units and an option for 30 more, exceeds five billion crowns.
Police have charged an express train driver who did not respect a red light
and entered the wrong track in the Plzeň Region in late February. He
managed to stop the train, which was carrying 200 passengers, just 30
metres from another one travelling in the opposite direction, whose driver
had also put the brakes on.
Nobody was injured in the incident. The man faces up to five years in prison or a ban on driving trains.
The Rail Safety Inspection office reports that the number of rail-related
incidents in the first six months of 2019 amounted to 634, which is 15-
percent increase on the same period last year. The biggest accident took
place in Brno in March, with 23 people being injured in a head-on collision
of passenger trains.
The number of railway crossing incidents in the same period increased by 11 percent on the previous year, to 92, resulting in 13 deaths. The Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration plans to equip 132 out of the total 164 rail crossings on first class roads with barriers by the end of the year.
Trains travelling at 200 kilometres an hour are set to go into trial
operation in the Czech Republic in August, Czech Television reported on
Monday. The Railway Infrastructure Administration plans to test them out
around a tunnel on a five-kilometre stretch of the line between Plzeň and
Prague. Other, longer sections of the route are also being considered for
The last time train speeds increased in this country was 25 years ago, when velocities went up to 160 kilometres an hour.
Twenty-three people were injured in a train collision at Brno’s main
railway station on Tuesday morning.
Paramedics say that eleven of them were transported to hospital, the others suffered lighter injuries.
Emergency workers evacuated 250 people from the trains, which met in a head-on collision.
The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Czech Railways has had a heightened number of accidents in recent days.
Five people were injured in a train collision in the Chrudim region on Monday, and on February 19th a runaway train travelled six kilometers without a driver eventually coming to a stop on an uphill slope.
Czech pensioner Jaromír Balda has been found guilty of terrorism after
causing two train crashes with the aim of spreading fear of Muslim
migrants. Mr. Balda, who is 71, has been sentenced to four years in jail
and out-patient psychiatric treatment.
In 2017 he cut down trees on two railway lines in in the Mladá Boleslav area. In both cases the trains crashed but there were no injuries. He left leaflets at the scene purporting to be from Muslim terrorists.
The pensioner told the court that he had only wished to stir up resistance, so “that horror” did not reach the Czech Republic.