Ostrava is the third-largest city in the Czech Republic and the administrative centre of the Moravian-Silesian region. Moravia-Silesia is one of the lesser developed regions in the East of the country and a focal region for the Swiss enlargement contribution. Levels of fine particulate pollution are especially high here. Ostrava is the centre of heavy industry and ranks among the worst EU cities for air pollution. Smog warnings are particularly common in winter. City traffic also contributes to the high levels of air pollution.
7,500 passengers to benefit from new trolley bus line
To reduce the levels of particulate pollution, a three-kilometre trolley bus line is being built in Ostrava with the Swiss enlargement contribution. This will link the city centre with the terminal in Hranecnik, an important hub for trams, trolley buses and suburban buses. Thanks to these building measures, the diesel buses currently in use can be replaced by environmentally friendly trolley buses. In addition, more passengers will use public transport.
Five bus stops will also be converted to accommodate disabled passengers. During peak times, in particular, numerous low-floor trolley buses will be used so that passengers with impaired mobility do not need to navigate steps when boarding the vehicle.
Around 7,500 passengers will travel on the new trolley bus line and make use of the improved connections every day. The 300,000 or so residents of Ostrava will benefit from better air quality and less noise as fewer diesel buses will be in operation and more passengers will leave their vehicles at home in favour of public transport.
Other public transport projects
Switzerland is investing around CHF 30 million in six projects aimed at promoting public transport in the Czech Republic. Some twelve million passengers stand to benefit from three new transport terminals, one tram line and one trolley bus line, as well as a better transportation network connectivity. Four of the six projects are taking place in structurally weak regions in the east of the Czech Republic.
|Ostrava is an industrial city in the north of Moravia, and is the third largest city in the Czech Republic in terms of population. It is a modern, developing municipality, but is also unfortunately known as a heavily polluted area that has the highest air pollution in the country. The project supported by the Swiss-Czech Cooperation Programme aims to connect the city centre of Ostrava with the existing trolleybus network, which encompasses the north-east of the city and the terminal. It will therefore help reduce the use of buses and motor vehicles in the city centre and its vicinity. Like many other citizens of Ostrava, I frequently take the trolleybus to get to work, and I welcome this project which will improve travel connections and convenience, and at the same time protect the environment. I believe this project will be greatly appreciated by all our citizens.
Eng. Marta Skupeňová, Head of lmplementation, Professional Office, Department of lnvestment, Development and Other Property, Transport Company Ostrava (JSC)