Czech High Speed Rail Puzzle

Czech High Speed Rail Puzzle


Tomas Paleta, Masaryk University


The aim of the paper is to evaluate and compare the actual variants of the proposals of high-speed rails in the Czech Republic.


There are several variants for the high-speed rails in the Czech Republic, so far none of them is widely accepted as the best option. The aim of this paper is to present, evaluate and compare the variants of high-speed rail plans in the Czech Republic. Some of the proposal are very specific and suggest several regional stops, even in the cities counting less than 10 000 inhabitants, which would be unique for the high speed trains.
This paper will examine the potential demand of the high speed rail in Czech Republic and the socio-economic impacts, that is, impact on transport on an old and overloaded parallel highway connecting the capital Prague and the second largest city, Brno; impact on reginal development and impact on alterative rail routes between Prague and Brno.
First part of the paper presents the current state of art in the high speed rails plans in the Czech Republic and defines the strengths and weaknesses of each existing variant. Based on the current traffic flows and the development in the countries with established high speed rail the impact on traffic demand is estimated.
The second part of the paper analyses the effect on the competitive rail and road routes between Brno and Prague and marginally also on the longer international route between Vienna and Berlin.
The last part of the paper concludes the findings and presents the best option for the high speed rail in the Czech Republic, from the point of view of social and economic characteristics.


Association for European Transport