Updates: 05.08.2021 15:18
Released: 05.08.2021, 15:18
Berlin – The modernization and extension of the railway line between Munich and Prague is once again a topical issue after the tragic collision of the express with the Czech passenger train on Wednesday. Not only the border area is interested in modern connections, the governments of the Czech Republic and Bavaria are also talking about it. Bavarian television BR must note that the project has still not gone through the planning phase. The express train, which crashed on Wednesday, ran from the Bavarian to the Czech capital.
The fastest connection between Prague and Munich will exceed the distance of 430 due in five and a half hours. Critics consider the travel time between metropolises in economically connected countries such as the Czechia and Bavaria to be excessive.
“I am disappointed because this is a topic to which many transport ministers have already promised a lot,” said Jürgen Helmes from the Regensburg branch of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) in BR.
The development of the railway connection between Munich and Prague has been repeatedly supported in the past by the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder. In the past, the federal government in Berlin also talked about the modernization of this line.
The modernization of the railway connection between Munich and Prague was one of the topics of the European Committee of the Bavarian Assembly in May. Debates, which also talked about high-speed rail (VRT), can also be experimented with from Berlin and the Czech Republic.
The Pilsen region, whose economy is closely connected with the Bavarian region, would like the line from Prague via Pilsen to Nuremberg and Munich to be high-speed. According to the Railway Administration (SŽ), full-speed high-speed lines are not being considered on the Prague – Beroun – Pilsen – Domazlice – state border line;
Bavaria wants to double the line from Munich to the state border, but the connection is not planned in the VRT category yet. Currently, the line from Prague to Pilsen is electrified and double-track. However, only one track leads from Pilsen via Stod to the state border and the track is not electrified there.
Wednesday’s collision between an express train and a regional passenger train in Domažlice claimed three lives – two train drivers and one passenger died. Dozens of other people were injured. Material damage will exceed 100 million crowns.