The Czech Ministry of Transport has approved an investment plan in intelligent transport systems (ITS) until 2020. The document foresees the acquisition of modern traffic control and information systems and new railway safety and security technologies.
According to the Ministry of Transport, the total value to be invested in ITS will reach CZK 12 billion (EUR 44.3 million) in the next years, however the amount will vary depending on the resources available in the budget of the State Transport Infrastructure Fund. About 50% of the investments could be co-financed by EU.
CCTVs, sensors for train monitoring and safety sensors for level crossings, laser scanning systems are among the technologies to invest in. These technologies will improve railway safety and security, and will prevent the theft of signalling cables.
Special sensors will be installed on approximately 2000 km of the main Czech rail network. “The system will help us control the safety of the rail corridors. It will also reduce delays and operational problems that cause obstructions and defects of the rail infrastructure”, said Transport Minister Dan Tok.