Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SZDC) and Metroprojekt – Sudop Praha consortium have signed a contract for the project document preparation of the rail link connecting central Prague to Václav Havel Airport. The air-rail link construction project is a priority for the Czech government and one of the biggest upcoming infrastructure projects in the country, according to SZDC.
The project document preparation refers to the double-tracking and the electrification of the existing 4 km-long rail section between Praha-Veleslavín and Prague-Ruzyně railway stations. It will also include Praha Liboc intermediate station, Praha-Veleslavín station with direct link to the subway station and the new positioned Praha Ruzyně behind the crossing with Drnovská Street. The projects provides for the construction of a new underground station in Prague-Václav Havel airport and a new double track 5.5 km long line, with a design speed 80 km/h, between Praha Ruzyně and Prague-Václav Havel airport.
Six pairs of passenger trains and express trains per hour will operate on the modernized line from Masaryk Railway Station to Kladno and Ruzyně, said Pavel Surý, general manager of SŽDC.
Construction work is expected to begin in 2020 at the earliest.
A competition for the design of the next major rail section between Veleslavín and Praha Výstaviště is to be announced in 2017.