Conference: High Speed Rail 2011 – Reasons and Benefits

Senát Parlamentu České republiky České dráhy

Centrum pro efektivní dopravu KONSTRUKCE Media

Parliament of the Czech republic, Senate, Committee on National Economy, Agriculture and Transport, Sub-Committee on Transport,
Czech Railways,
Centre for Efficient Transport and

invite you to a conference „High Speed Rail 2011″, taking place on 19 May 2011. The goal of the conference is to convey the current information on high speed rail operation and construction in Europe and worldwide to the decision-makers on various levels of public service, and to present possible designs of future high-speed rail network in the Czech republic.

Key topics

  • The role of the high speed rail in the transport system of developed countries
  • Benefits of high speed rail for the society
  • The vision of Czech high speed network and geo-political reasons for its construction
  • Benefits of high speed rail for the Czech republic, cohesiveness of the regions and trans-boundary bonds


The following persons will participate at the event: Members of Parliament, representatives of the Ministry of Transport and other ministries, regional governments leaders, mayors and chairmen of associations and unions in the field of transport.


The representatives of the International Union of Railways (UIC), world and European railways, Ministry of Transport, Czech railways, companies taking part in the preparation of high speed rail construction in the Czech republic, and Czech and world companies from the field of high speed railways will take active part in the conference.


The conference takes place in the Assembly Hall of the Senate (Jednaci sal) and adjacent rooms.

Partner General


Media Partners


08.30 – 09.00 Participant registration
09.00 – 09.30 Introductory words by

    Petr Pakosta, Chairman, Transport Subcommittee, Senate, Parliament of the Czech Republic
    Ivo Vykydal, Deputy Minister, Czech Ministry of Transport
    Petr Žaluda, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General, Czech Railways
    Petr Šlegr, Director, Centre for Efficient Transport
09.20 – 10.20 Session I: The purpose of HS railway transport
09.20 – 09.35 High Speed Rail: Main principles and global overview (introductory lecture)
Ignacio BARRON, Director of Passenger Department of the UIC
09.35 – 09.50 Development of High Speed in Poland
Andrzej ZURKOVSKI, IK, Poland
09.50 – 10.05 Development of High Speed in the USA,
10.05 – 10.20 Discussion

10.20 – 10.35 Coffee break

10.35 – 11.50 Session II – HS railway system in the Czech Republic
10.35 – 10.50 Why does the Czech Republic need a HS railway
Petr ŠLEGR, Director, CEDOP
10.50 – 11.05 Core HS railway network in the Czech Republic
Jindřich KUŠNÍR, Director, Railway Department, Ministry of Transport
11.05 – 11.20 Benefits of HS railway transport for passenger transport business
Antonín BLAŽEK, Deputy Director General, Czech Railways
11.20 – 11.35 Benefits of HS railway system for regions of the Czech Republic
Jiří KALČÍK, Designer of HS lines
11.35 – 11.50 Discussion

11.50 – 12.00 Coffe break

12.00 – 14.00 Part B – Potential of the Czech railway industry and research

12.00 – 12.10 Railway Research Institute (VUZ)
Jaroslav Grim, Director General, VUZ
12.10 – 12.20 Experience in upgrading trunk railway lines in the Czech republic, Subterra
Jiří Tesař, Commercial Deputy Director, Transport Construction, Subterra
12.20 – 12.40 Siemens
Jiří Pohl, Mobility Division, Siemens
12.40 – 13.00 Discussion

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.05 Session III – European HS experiences
14.00 – 14.10 Italy, Andrea NARDINOCCHI, Italfer, Italy
14.10 – 14.20 Spain, Adolfo SÁNCHEZ, RENFE + Clara Zamorano, ADIF
14.20 – 14.30 France, Christophe KESELJEVIC, RFF + Michel LEBOEUF, SNCF
14.30 – 14.40 Germany, Otmar GREIN, DB AG
14.40 – 14.50 Romania, Adrian DRAGOMIRESCU, CFR
14.50 – 15.05 Discussion

15.05 – 15.15 Coffee break

15.15 – 16.10 Set 4: High speed rail in Africa, Asia and South America (14.45 – 16.00):

15.15 – 15.25 China (KANG Xiong CARS – CR)
15.25 – 15.35 Japan, YANASE Naoto, UIC-EJR – Development of High Speed in Asia
15.35 – 15.45 Taiwan, THSRC, Chen Chiang
15.45 – 15.55 Development of HS in the world. (Africa, Australia and South America)
15.55 – 16.10 Discussion

16.10 – 16.15 Closing Ceremony

Official languages

Czech and English, simultaneous translation will be available throughout the duration of the conference.


Please register by confirming your invitation via e-mail peter.papp [AT] cedop [DOT] info.

Partnership and presentation

Please use these contacts for the possibility of presentation at the conference:

  • Petr Šlegr, mobile: +420 777 573 975, petr.slegr [AT] cedop [DOT] info
  • Tomáš Měřínský, mobile: +420 737 283 515, merinsky [AT] konstrukce-media [DOT] cz
  • Marek Janda, mobile: +420 737 283 516, janda [AT] konstrukce-media [DOT] cz

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