Tram Project Olomouc

Project completed
The construction of a new tram line in Olomouc in the Czech Republic makes the public transport system more reliable and thus increases the demand for it.
Ceremonial opening of the new section of tram line with the Mayor of Olomouc (M. Novotný, 4th from left), the Swiss ambassador in Prague (M.-A. Antonietti, 5th from left) and the head of the Swiss contribution office in Prague (A . Hagen, 5th from right). © SECO © SECO

The district of Nové Sady is one of Olomouc’s largest urban districts. In terms of public transport, the district is only served by buses and easily accessible by car. The heavy car and bus traffic results in frequent congestion and causes a deterioration of the air quality, not only in this area but also across the entire City of Olomouc. The project therefore aims to enhance the public transport infrastructure of Olomouc and thus improve the air quality (mitigation of greenhouse gas- and other hazardous emissions) by constructing a tram network extension from Olomouc’s city centre towards the densely populated Nové Sady district.
 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Czech Republic
Protecting the environment
Public Transport
14.09.2012 - 31.12.2016
CHF 10'352'902
Background

The overall project is to renew and enhance the public transport infrastructure of Olomouc and thus improve air quality and living standards in the parts of the town linked to the project. The district of Nové Sady has a population of 15’000 inhabitants and is one of Olomouc’s largest urban districts. In terms of public transport, the district is only served by buses. During peak hours, there is a service frequency of 10 to 30 minutes between Nové Sady and other districts of Olomouc. Located near Velkomoravská Street, one of the traffic arteries passing through Olomouc, the district is easily accessible by car. The heavy car and bus traffic results in frequent congestion and causes a deterioration of the air quality, not only in this area but also across the entire City of Olomouc. Therefore, the project foresees a major extension of the tram network by building a new line between the city centre and the area of Nové Sady, one of Olomouc’s largest urban districts.

Objectives

The goal of the project is to enhance the public transport infrastructure of Olomouc and to improve the living conditions and the air quality of the city.

Target groups

The direct beneficiary is the city of Olomouc which will be supported to improve their public transport infrastructure. The indirect beneficiaries are the the inhabitants of Olomouc and in particular the expected 5’600 passengers of the Nové Sady district travelling daily with public transport who will benefit from more reliable and comfortable public transport. Additionally, city residents will encounter lower levels of atmospheric pollution.

Activities
  • Construction of the tram line between the “Tržnice” stop in the city centre and the “Trnkova Street” stop in the district of Nové Sady
  • Construction of a bridge over a channel linking two areas of the tram line
  • Redevelopment of former factory premises on parts of the project’s land
  • Power supply for the new tram line
Results

Achieved results:  

  • Extension of the tram system in an area of high residential density.
  • Improvement of comfort and availability of public transport.
  • Mitigation of local atmospheric emissions along the project corridor.
  • Rise in the number of public transport passengers to around 5’600 per day.
  • Social and environmental revitalisation of the Mlynska Potok River bank.
  • Fostering economic use of abandoned industrial premises and giving access to a new commercial and arts centre.


Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
  • Czech Ministry of Finance

Implementing partner
Statutory City of Olomouc

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   10'352'902 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   8'610'655
Project phases

Phase 1 14.09.2012 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)