Last year, the administration completed the reconstruction of fifty station buildings, as well as repairs of dozens of other buildings and preparations for future work. This year, the administration plans to reconstruct 114 station buildings.
The last of the major investments will be the repair of the interior of the Fanta building in Prague’s main railway station. Reconstruction of all interiors of the Fanta building is to begin in February, the premises should be used mainly for social purposes, such as concerts or conferences. Part of it should serve as modern lounges for those waiting for the train.
“In addition, the modernization of toilets in sixty important locations is being prepared. These are mainly the main railway stations in regional cities, other stations with a turnover of more than four thousand passengers or transfer terminals, “said SŽ spokeswoman Radka Pistoriusová. This year, 32 million people will go to the renovation of unsuitable toilets on the railway throughout the country.
The condition of dispatch buildings has deteriorated significantly in recent decades, recalled the chairman of the transport section of the Chamber of Commerce, Emanuel Šíp. “Their dilapidation was typical of the whole of post-Soviet Europe, even in the eastern countries of Germany, at first some buildings almost collapsed,” Šíp reminded.
He described the current investments as commendable and commensurate with the possibilities: “This also applies to the still very neglected Fant’s building of Prague’s main railway station, where cooperation with the developer failed and everything had to go back to the beginning. We can only believe that the huge consumption expenditures caused by the epidemic and pre-election gifts to voters will not lead to a reduction in investment in the future. “
The total investment of the administration has been growing in recent years, and the year 2021 is no exception. Last year, SŽ invested 19.6 billion crowns, last year 29.7 billion crowns and this year 31.2 billion crowns. A significant share is made up of European Union funds. Of the 31.2 billion investments planned this year alone, the EU contribution is 43 percent.
“Due to the pandemic, we do not currently plan to cancel or postpone any of the planned events,” says Pistorius. However, the report also envisages a variant that it would work with a smaller budget in the coming years. In recent years, the organization has called for legally guaranteed, guaranteed construction financing, which would eliminate the impact of the economic recession on the pace of construction. The measure was intended to protect investments mainly in very expensive high-speed lines, but the state did not accede to it.
However, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport Karel Havlíček (for YES), there is no danger of cuts in the budgets of SŽ or the Directorate of Roads and Motorways. On the contrary. “We will not save on them. I will definitely expect record budgets in the coming years. If I have an impact on transport, I will not win from the investments, “he told Havlíček in an interview for the E15 daily.
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