Správa železniční dopravní cesty

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Správa železniční dopravní cesty
state-owned company
Industry Infrastructure & Tracks Proprietor, State Administrator
Founded 1 January 2003
Headquarters Prague, Czech Republic
Area served
Czech Republic
Revenue Decrease CZK 7.0 billion (2010)[1]
Increase CZK -1.5 billion (2010)[1]
Total assets Decrease CZK 91.4 billion (2010)[1]
Total equity Decrease CZK 58.1 billion (2010)[1]
Number of employees
Decrease 17,200 (31 December 2013)[2]
Website www.szdc.cz

Správa železniční dopravní cesty (English: Railway Infrastructure Administration) is the national railway infrastructure manager in the Czech Republic. Its main customers include passenger train operator České dráhy and its cargo subsidiary ČD Cargo. SŽDC was founded with the restructuring of ČD from 1 January 2003, but until 2008 much of the operations, maintenance and renewals was contracted back to ČD.[3] SŽDC manage 9,478 kilometres (5,889 mi) of tracks in the Czech Republic[4], all which are main lines and almost all regional lines (except Nová Bystřice - Obrataň narrow gauge line and Šumperk - Kouty nad Desnou line).

In August 2010, SŽDC was ordered to stop work on all infrastructure projects as part of broader government austerity measures,[5] but in September 2010 works were revived for all projects whose contractors agreed to grant a discount against the tender price.[6] In December 2010 the Minister of Transportation Vít Bárta proposed bringing it into a holding company alongside ČD to "make subsidies more transparent".[7]

In 2010 the revenues from rail network usage reached only CZK 4.3 billion, not even sufficient to cover personal expenses amounting to CZK 4.6 billion.[1] The key budget items allowing management and repairs of the rail network were therefore subsidies from the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure (CZK 8.2 billion) and from the state budget (CZK 1.8 billion).[1] Moreover, SŽDC received CZK 15 billion for modernization of the rail network.[1]

In 2012, SŽDC started its largest ever infrastructure project; a new railway line between Plzeň and Rokycany, expected to cost 7.53 billion CZK (with 85% funding from the EU). It is expected to be completed in Spring 2015. The new railway would be 14.1 km (8.8 mi) long, with a 4.15 km (2.58 mi) twin-bore tunnel.[8]

Priority projects[edit]

Railway network in the Czech Republic

Priority projects for 2012-2015 are:[9]

The European Union will provide most of the funding for these projects.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Annual report of Správa železniční dopravní cesty, státní organizace for 2010
  2. ^ Annual report of Správa železniční dopravní cesty, státní organizace for 2013
  3. ^ "CD Cargo leaves the nest". Railway Gazette International. 17 November 2007.
  4. ^ Basic Characteristics of SŽDC Railway Network
  5. ^ "Railway Gazette: Budget crunch hits Czech rail projects". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  6. ^ E15: Bárta opět ustoupil: na železnici se může znovu stavět (in Czech)
  7. ^ "Railway Gazette: Reform looks to cut costs". Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  8. ^ "Railway Gazette: SZDC invites bids for construction of Plzen - Rokycany line". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Czech infrastructure manager sets out 2015 priorities - Railway Gazette". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 19 August 2012.

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