82 train stations to be renovated in Czechia
Czech rail infrastructure manager SŽDC is actively renovating the railway stations across the country. 82 buildings will be reconstructed or repaired by 2022. 13 train stations have already been modernised in the past years.
Among the latest developments is the completion of the reconstruction of Kolín railway station, the busiest one in Central Bohemian Region. Three other stations in this region (Kácov, Ledečko, Zruč nad Sázavou) have been recently opened after renovation. The modernisation works included the repair of the station buildings, installation of modern equipment and providing barrier-free access for the passengers with reduced mobility. Currently, SŽDC is renovating the station buildings in Břeclav, Frýdek-Místek, Havířov, Šternberk, Přerov and other locations.
“By 2022, we plan to complete a total number of 82 repair and reconstruction projects of the railway station buildings. 13 railway stations have already been renovated, another 26 sites are being undergone reconstruction with planned completion by the end of 2020. At the same time, SŽDC is preparing documentation for obtaining a building permit for another 49 construction projects,” said Jiří Svoboda, CEO of the rail infrastructure manager.
Inter alia, the modernisation plan of SŽDC includes the renovation of three historical station buildings in České Budějovice, Plzeň and Pardubice. The first two facilities are examples of Art Nouveau style in architecture while the third one was designed according to the principles of functionalism. The start of the civil works at Pardubice main railway station (Pardubice hlavní nádraží) is being discussed. As for two other station buildings, their modernisation will begin in 2020. The works at the České Budějovice railway station are scheduled for May 2020. Along with the repair of the station building, this project includes revitalisation of the adjacent outdoor areas.
The infrastructure of Plzeň main railway station (Plzeň hlavní nádraží) has been renovated in the past three years. To this end, SŽDC has allocated over 1.3 billion korunas (around 51 million euros). Half of the amount was funded by the EU. This project included modernisation of platforms, underpasses, parking areas, nearby bus terminal and other points, except the station building. Next year SŽDC plans to start the reconstruction of the building itself.