Travel between the Czech Republic and Slovakia is about to get a major upgrade.
Czech Minister of Transport Vladimír Kremlík and his Slovak counterpart Arpád Érsek agreed to cooperate on the construction of the high-speed railway between Prague and Bratislava at a meeting of Czech and Slovak government representatives in Valtice, Czech Republic.
According to Kremlík, traveling on this route should reduce the travel time from about four hours to about three and a half hours by 2030.
The high-speed railway will be a part of a large rail network within the Visegrad countries. An expert group has already been set up to prepare the construction.
The task of the group is to deal with the technical parameters of the track. The goal of the project is to reduce travel time between Warsaw, Ostrava, Brno, Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest.
“Slovakia is aware of the added value of this project as it will strengthen the competitiveness of the Central European region and allow people to travel comfortably, quickly and ecologically,” said Érsek after the meeting.
The joint declaration highlights the need to develop not only a high-speed rail network but also the traditional train connections between Czechia and Slovakia.
Currently, the Czech Republic is preparing plans for the construction of several high-speed railways which should begin in 2025.