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Jiří Kolář - Articles and news items

Plans to improve Czech Republic rail infrastructure

Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /

Due to its geographical location, the Czech Republic is well positioned to offer transport in all directions of importance. For future success, the Czech railway network must be made available on all important European routes. Such an objective cannot be achieved without modern, reliable and interoperable lines of excellent quality.

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.