R7 is partially built expressway connecting Prague and north-west Bohemia region, continue to Saxony as 1st class road #7. Based on the Czech Transport Sector Strategies and based on finished feasibility study, it is goal to finish it at least until 2022. From planned 85,5 km is 46,5 km in operation and 39 km remains to be built.
The R7 is not a part of TEN-T network. Due to this reason, it is not possible to use the Cohesion funds from EU program period 2014 – 2020 for it construction (one of the main reasons why all the modifications of the “PPP D3 project” has been cancelled before). Also sources from European regional development fund cannot be preferred. There remains possibility to use the national budget or the PPP model.
The Outline Business Case with Public Sector Comparator is planned to be tendered. It will address the above possibilities and compare them. Based on the outputs from the OBC (PSC) the government should decide if the PPP procurement will be started or not. There will be market soundings done during preparing the OBC (PSC).
The PPP model will be based on availability payment mechanism (some modifications based on traffic flows will be discussed during market soundings).
The core of the project will be implementation of DBFOM model for unfinished parts Slaný – Sulec- Bitozeves (see the table above), concession period estimated to be 25-30 years. During the market soundings there will be discussion about possibility to implement the O&M model for already operated parts of the R7 with option to upgrade them. Structuring of financing of the project will be based on the recommendation from OBC.
The state road asset manager (Ředitelství silnic a dálnic) is working on the zoning permits, land acquisition and technical preparation phase continuously.
Design possibilities: The zoning permits will be transferred to concessionaire, as also the Documentation for building permit with the opinions of authorities. Any change done by the concessionaire should respect the national law which implements the EIA directive.