Czech rail company to launch longest railway tunnel construction

The Czech rail state company has signalled it is pressing ahead with a project to construct the biggest railway tunnel in the Czech Republic by christening a new tunnel-boring machine on Friday. The Ejpovice tunnel on the line from Rokycany to Pilsen, consisting of two 4.5 km single-track tunnels, will shorten the original 20 kilometre stretch of line by more than six kilometres and will halve the running time taken by trains. Construction work is scheduled to be completed by 2017.

Author: Ruth Fraňková