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Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SZDC) - Articles and news items

Much-needed investment to modernise Czech infrastructure

Issue 1 2016 / 4 February 2016 /

Despite the Czech Republic’s railway infrastructure being in a suitable condition, it still requires a lot of investment and intensive modernisation for it to fall in line with the quality of other railways of the European Union and Western Europe. Mojmír Nejezchleb, Deputy Director General, and Anna Kodysová, Head of the International Relations Department at the Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC), explain that recent investment has helped to improve some key sections, especially with the modernisation of large railway bridges on regional routes…

Czech Republic: “When it comes to investments, we leave nothing to chance”

Issue 3 2015 / 4 June 2015 /

In the words of Pavel Surý, Director General of the Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation (RIA): “nothing is for free”. By that he means that time is running out for drawing down a significant amount of European money from the Operational Programmes on Transport which will, however, result in a large number of temporary line closures in conjunction with the necessary modernisation of the lines. Pavel has headed the RIA since June 2014, and in this interview for European Railway Review, he explains that his main goals include the completion of the modernisation of the main lines in the Czech Republic, including the use of European money from Operational Programmes on ‘Transport 1’ (OPT 1) and ‘Transport 2’ (OPT 2). As well as the modernisation of the railway infrastructure, it is also necessary to complete the restructuring of the rail system in the Czech Republic and the transfer of property owned by the Czech Railways to the RIA – in particular station buildings and the land underneath the tracks…

An interview with Jiří Kolář

Issue 6 2012 / 27 November 2012 /

Speaking exclusively with European Railway Review, Jiří Kolář, Director General of the Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) discusses the operational mission of the organisation, the importance of high-speed lines in the Czech Republic, competition with road transport, and what the future holds.

Could you summarise the past and SŽDC’s mission?
The Czech Republic initiated reforms of the railway by adopting the Transformation Act of Czech Railways, state organisation in 2002. On 1 January 2003, two separate companies became operational – the Czech Railways, joint stock company and the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation. The objective of this transformation was to separate the infra – structure manager, as it was, and still is, being required by the EU Directives, especially the so-called First Railway Package provisions.

The main mission of SŽDC is to fulfil the function of railway infrastructure owner including all related basic obligations, i.e. operating the railway infrastructure, ensuring its operability, and to carry out modernisation and development so that we are able to offer a reliable, safe and fast railway infrastructure of excellent quality to all transport carriers.

Enhancing investments for a quality network

Issue 6 2011 / 6 December 2011 /

The Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation (SŽDC) is the infrastructure manager in the Czech Republic and, in addition to other duties is responsible for the modernisation and development of the railway network. It launched its operations on 1 January 2003 as one of two successors of the former Czech Railways state organisation (the other successor is the Czech Railways, joint-stock company). The separation of the infrastructure manager from the biggest railway carrier (Czech Railways) launched the transformation of the railway system in the Czech Republic, a process which went on to implement another change on 1 September 2011.
The transformation of the railway system in the Czech Republic continues

SŽDC’s primary task is to carry out the function of the owner and the operator of the national and regional rail. The principal operations include operating the railway infrastructure, en – suring its operability and, last but not least, ensuring the modernisation and development of the railway network in the Czech Republic. SŽDC manages state assets represented by the railway infrastructure in the Czech Republic. The railway network of the Czech Republic is one of the densest in Europe; we have 0.12km of lines per square kilometre.