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According to PAP, the first proceedings on a technical, economic and environmental study (STEŚ) for over half a thousand kilometers of high-speed railway lines are ready. Their launch is planned simultaneously with the opening of the new airport. It was added that an information notice was published in the EU's Official Journal on this matter.

In total, it is over 560 km out of 1,800 km of the planned new CPK railway lines. We plan to announce all the procedures related to the technical, economic and environmental study by the end of the year

Mikołaj Wild, president of CPK, told PAP

Tenders are to be announced in November and December. According to PAP, specific dates depend on obtaining corporate approvals by the company under the ownership supervision by the Ministry of State Assets.

According to the plans, within 560 km of new railway lines, the tenders are to cover the sections:

  • West Warsaw Stastion- CPK- Łódź (excluding the section in the area of ​​the CPK junction);
  • Łódź – Wrocław; Żarów-Świdnica-Wałbrzych-border with the Czech Republic;
  • Chybie – Jastrzębie Zdrój – Godów – border with the Czech Republic;
  • Łętownia – Rzeszów; Ostrołęka – Łomża; Trawniki – Krasnystaw – Zamość,

as well as the CPK railway junction (in the area of ​​the CPK Airport).

In the first place, we intend to announce a study procedure for the planned section of high-speed line from Warsaw to Łódź, which is crucial for the inclusion of the future airport in the railway system of the Republic of Poland. I assume that the next tenders will be tenders for sections: between Łódź and Wrocław and between Łętownia in Podkarpacie and Rzeszów

said Mikołaj Wild

The planned deadline for the technical, economic and environmental study for these sections is 10 to 12 months from the conclusion of the contract. Railway investments selected by the CPK for the inventory and study are planned for implementation before the end of 2027.

“The list of sections to be covered by the technical-economic-environmental study coincides with those for which the CPK company signed further contracts for nature inventories from the end of August this year. To save time, both studies – inventories and STEŚ – will take place simultaneously” – provides PAP.

CPK railway investments cover almost 1,800 km of new lines, which are to be built by the end of 2034. The CPK Railway Program consists of 12 railway routes, including 10 so-called spokes leading from various regions of Poland to Warsaw and CPK.

The technical, economic and environmental study is an important element of the planning works that precede the design stage. Our goal is to start the first construction works by the end of 2023

Wild pointed out

CPK is a planned transfer junction between Warsaw and Łódź, which will integrate air, rail and road transport. As part of this project, the CPK Airport will be built 37 km west of Warsaw, on an area of ​​approximately 3,000 hectares, which in the first stage will be able to handle 45 million passengers per year.

(PAP)

 

CPK is a new transport system for Poland, including the construction of the CPK- a central airport for Poland and a transfer hub for Central and Eastern Europe – located 37 km from the center of Warsaw. The investment will also cover a network of 1,800 km of railway lines and 400 km of new expressways.

The government wants to create a universal passenger transport system by building and operating a profitable, modern transport hub, which will be ranked in the top ten of the best airports in the world. It is also about rebuilding the national rail transport system as an attractive alternative to road transport. This system will cover all areas of Poland, while ensuring the development and permanent integration of the Warsaw and Łódź agglomerations.

CPK Investments

The projects comprising the airport part are to be completed by the end of 2027.

Along with the new interchange, over 530 km of new railway lines will be launched, including:

  • Warsaw – CPK – Łódź – Sieradz – Wrocław – Wałbrzych – border with the Czech Republic route,
  • travel time from the capital city to Rzeszów and Zamość will be shortened,
  • trains will return, among others to Łomża thanks to the extension of the railway line from Ostrołęka.

Projects relating to the railway part are to be implemented by the end of 2034, in the next two EU financial perspectives.

Due to the complexity of the undertakings included in the CPK investment program, its implementation is divided into stages.

  • The adopted multiannual programme covers stage I for the period 2020-2023.
  • The task of 1st stage – a preparatory stage – is to implement, among others works related to planning and developing design assumptions. In 2020, the CPK will start the real estate purchasing process.
  • In 2021, the airport master plan draft will be prepared and an application for a decision on environmental conditions will be submitted. In 2023, the following will be prepared: an environmental impact report and a multi-branch architectural concept of the passenger terminal. Also in 2023, the investor plans to obtain a location decision.
  • The total cost of financing the 1st stage of the CPK was estimated at approximately PLN 12.8 billion. The program does not require the involvement of funds from the state budget in 2020-2023. Most of the investments will be made of Treasury securities issued for this purpose.

CPK Port

CPK Port will be part of CPK – a node connecting air, rail and road transport. The investment includes not only a new hub airport, but also an integrated railway station.

An airport city will be built around the airport, containing business centers, hotels, parking lots, service buildings and logistics centers.

According to the current assumptions, in the first phase, the airport will have two runways, capable of handling 400,000 air operations per year, and a passenger terminal with a capacity of up to 45 million passengers per year. The airport area will enable the expansion of the infrastructure to four runways and 100 million passengers per year.

Rail Investments

Investments will be carried out by:

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny – for the construction of new railway lines with a length of approx. 1800 km. By 2023, it is planned to complete the preparatory work for the length of 1600 km.
PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. – for the modernization of the existing railway lines it manages, as well as the construction of new sections as part of the projects currently under preparation and of a short sections, supplementing the existing network.
Railway Institute – in terms of increasing the potential of research infrastructure.

Railway investments will include:

Spoke no. 1 (CPK – Kołobrzeg / Koszalin / Słupsk / Gdańsk), connecting CPK and Warsaw with Płock and important centers of the Pomeranian voivodeships (Tricity and Słupsk), Kuyavian-Pomeranian (Bydgoszcz, Toruń, Włocławek and Grudziądz) and Central Pomerania (Słupsk, Koszalin and Kołobrzeg). It can also be used to service Elbląg.
Spoke no. 2 (CPK – Olsztyn), connecting the CPK and Warsaw with Olsztyn. The result will be a shortening of the distance of the railway line for long-distance traffic on the Warsaw – Nasielsk section (better line geometry and ultimately higher maximum speed of trains and shorter travel time).
Spoke no. 3 (CPK – Ostrołęka – Łomża – Giżycko / Białystok – Trakiszki (border) / Kuźnica Białostocka (border)), which is a connection of CPK and Warsaw with the Masurian region, Podlaskie Voivodeship and – in foreign relations – with the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia), Belarus and Russia.
Spoke no. 4 (CPK – Siedlce – Terespol (border)), connecting the CPK and Warsaw with the eastern part of the Masovian Voivodeship and the northern part of the Lubelskie Voivodeship.
Spoke no. 5 (CPK – Lublin – Chełm (border) / Zamość – Bełżec (border)), connecting CPK and Warsaw with important centers of the Lubelskie Voivodeship.
Spoke no. 6 (CPK – Radom – Rzeszów – Sanok), which is a connection of CPK and Warsaw with the southern part of the Masovian Voivodeship, the north-east of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship and the Podkarpackie Voivodeship.
Spoke no. 7 (CPK – Katowice – PL/CZ border / Kraków – Zakopane / Muszyna – PL/SK border / Kielce – Tarnów – Nowy Sącz / Skarżysko-Kamienna), connecting CPK and Warsaw with the southern part of the country and neighboring countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia) and through the planned high-speed lines also with Austria, Hungary and further south.
Spoke no. 8 (CPK – Piotrków Tryb. – Częstochowa – Opole – Kłodzko), connecting CPK and Warsaw with the northern part of the Śląskie Voivodeship, the Opolskie voivodeship and the Kotlina Kłodzka, with the possibility of extending via Międzylesie to the Czech Republic.
Spoke no. 9 (CPK – Łódź – Sieradz – Wrocław – Wałbrzych – PL/CZ border / Kalisz – Poznań – Szczecin / Ostrów Wlkp, – Zielona Góra / PL/DE border / Gorzów Wielkopolski), connecting the CPK and Warsaw with important centers of Western Poland and with the Czech Republic (HSR line to Prague) and Germany.
Spoke no. 10 (CPK – Łowicz – Kutno – Koło – Poznań), which is a connection of CPK and Warsaw with Poznań and the western and north-western part of the country.
Spoke no. 11 (Szczecin – Szczecin-Goleniów Airport), connecting Szczecin with the airport in Goleniów.
Spoke no. 12 (Stalowa Wola – Lublin – Biała Podlaska – Białystok), which is a connection among the largest cities in eastern Poland (Rzeszów, Lublin, Białystok) and numerous towns in this part of the country deprived of efficient rail transport.

Road investments

Investments will be carried out by the GDDKiA (General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways).
Investments planned:

  • Construction of the ring road of the Warsaw Agglomeration (OAW): an expressway or motorway standard ring running approximately 40-50 km from the center of Warsaw, in in the immediate vicinity of the CPK Airport. This road will facilitate access from directions other than those served by A2 motorway.
  • Construction of the S10 road connecting OAW with the A1 motorway near Toruń. S10 links the CPK with the Płock region and the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship as well as a section of the A1 motorway, and will significantly improve the functioning of the road network in the western part of the Mazovian Voivodship.
  • Expansion of the A2 motorway on the Łódź – Warsaw section with an additional lane in each direction.

The resolution comes into force on the day of its adoption.

Source: Government Information Center, Chancellery of the Prime Minister

To power the new airport together with the railroad node and the CPK-adjacent Airport City area will need from 60 to 100 MW. The agreement signed today concerns the planned construction of a modern combined heat and power plant designed specifically for the needs of the CPK. The unit of this power could supply heat to over 30 thousand apartments with a total area of over 1.5 million square meters.

We turn on the green light for green solutions. The new airport together with the accompanying investments should use renewable energy sources (RES) as much as possible. The good news is that by planning the CPK from scratch, we can put emphasis on low-emission and pro-environmental solutions from the very beginning

says Marcin Horała, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Government Representative for CPK.

The agreement between CPK and PGE assumes the use of trigeneration, i.e. process-combined cogeneration of electricity, heat and cooling. Such a solution will reduce the amount and cost of energy necessary to generate each of these three sources separately.

This will be the first such a large cold generation system in Poland, constructed completely from scratch. The heat, cold and electricity generated in the trigeneration process mean the use of innovative solutions in PGE’s infrastructure. Cooperation with the CPK is one of the components of the PGE Group’s long-term investment plan harnessing large financial resources and significantly influencing the development of Polish economy. Our plan for the coming years includes large investments in renewable energy, such as the Offshore Program in the Baltic Sea, gas-fired power units for the Dolna Odra Power Plant, as well as the construction of a modern Nowa Czechnica Combined Heat and Power Plant near Wrocław. Each of these projects fits in line with the Poland’s energy transition”,

says Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

Thanks to cooperation with PGE, a modern system designed especially for the needs of CPK will come into fruition. The applied solutions must be designed to reduce the impact of the infrastructure on the natural environment. In the long run, our objective is to build a new transport system in Poland, with the CPK at its heart, and a maximum share of energy from RES”,

says Mikołaj Wild, President of CPK.

The cooperation between CPK and PGE will concern, among others, the estimation of demand for electricity, heat and cold. Both parties declared that they will also prepare a joint investment schedule.

Thanks to the construction of the CPK, the local energy infrastructure will also be improved. Energy and heat will also flow to the investment’s neighbors, which means that neighboring municipalities and their residents will also benefit. As stressed by the representatives of PGE CHPP, the investment will also indicate the direction in which thermal energy industry will be heading in the future. Modern technologies applied in the CPK will later be used also in other investments in Poland.

PGE announces that as part of the smart district heating network for the CPK, it will apply solutions that increase efficiency, such as heat recovery from the IT infrastructure (e.g. from the server room). CPK designers will include electromobility solutions in the design, e.g. they will place electric vehicle charging stations for cars, buses and airport service vehicles on the airport premises and in its vicinity.

The agreement with PGE is another one signed by CPK with key partners for the purpose of implementing this largest infrastructure investment in Poland. In March this year, CPK concluded an agreement with the General Directorate for National Roadsand Motorways, and in July – with Port of Gdynia Authority.

During the debate, among other things, the following topics will be discussed: impact of the aviation market collapse on the STH construction plan, strategy for the aviation industry and target location of the Solidarity Transport Hub in the European sky and European logistics map as well as changes in the Polish railway transport, also in the context of EU's sustainable transport strategy.

The debate is to be attended by:

  • Krzysztof Celiński, Siemens Mobility CEO,
  • Marcin Horała, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Government Representative for STH,
  • Janusz Janiszewski, acting President of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency,
  • Ireneusz Merchel, President of the PKP PLK's Management Board,
  • Jerzy Polaczek, Member of the Polish Parliament, former Minister of Transport,
  • Adam Sierak, editor of WNP.PL portal
  • Artur Tomasik, President of the Management Board of the Polish Regional Airports Association (Związek Regionalnych Portów Lotniczych)
  • Mikołaj Wild, President of the STH Management Board

The COVID-19 pandemic has no impact on investments such as CPK, which should be continued and we have to implement them. CPK means almost 1,800 km of new railway lines and more than 400 km of new roads. It will make Poland a place for business. Investments such as CPK are the driving wheel of the economy and helped the world in crisis on numerous occasions. We estimate that the construction of CPK will create a total of 150 thousand jobs. CPK is a great opportunity for Poland

said the president of the Republic of Poland – Andrzej Duda.

Large investment programs create tens of thousands of jobs at the time of implementation and several times more after their launch. The United States, China and the European Commission are just setting out their major investment programs aimed at stimulating the economy. CPK is a great opportunity for Polish aviation and rail, but also for each Pole. CPK, together with rail “spokes”, is an opportunity to attract domestic and foreign investment.

SAID THE PRIME MINISTER – MATEUSZ MORAWIECKI.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, a first round of talks takes place as part of the competitive dialog with the airports: Incheon in Seoul and Narita in Tokyo. The strategic advisor is to provide CPK with additional operational and commercial know-how on the efficient management of large transfer airports, which is necessary at the stage of master planning and design.

Since Poland has not implemented investment projects of this scale yet, CPK decided to take advantage of international experience by harnessing in the project the competences and resources held by the administrators of the best organized airports of the world.

SAYS MARCIN HORAŁA, GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE FOR CPK.

Incheon and Narita airports have extensive consultancy experience in various parts of the world. The Seoul AirPort management company participated in airport investment projects in more than 20 locations of the world, including Turkey, Indonesia and Kuwait. Tokyo airport representatives participated in projects of this type among others in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

For the role of the strategic advisor to CPK, we are looking for a global hub manager with experience in international projects related to planning, construction and management of a large transfer airport, including cargo transport

EXPLAINS MIKOŁAJ WILD, PRESIDENT OF CPK.

The selection of the strategic adviser is one of the milestones of CPK implementation. The procedure will be completed this year. The agreement will be signed for a period of up to three years as it concerns the planning and design stages of the airport investment project.

In addition to the airport information, CPK has provided today details of the railway investments to be carried out between 2020 and 2034. The investment program of CPK assumes the construction of a network of new railway lines, including high-speed railways, which will connect most regions of Poland with Warsaw and the planned CPK within 2.5 hours.

Preparatory works are planned to be launched already this year for five railway lines with a total length of 563 km:

  • Warsaw – CPK – Łódź – Sieradz – Wrocław – Wałbrzych – Polish border (Poland/Czech Republic)
  • Ostrołęka – Łomża
  • Trawniki – Krasnystaw – Zamość
  • Łętownia – Rzeszów
  • Chybie – Jastrzębie Zdrój – Godów – Polish border (Poland/Czech Republic)

These investment projects will be prepared first in order to commence construction works in 2023. The schedule assumes that before the end of 2023 the following should be in progress: earthworks, construction works (in the scope of selected disciplines), works on removal of conflicts with underground infrastructure and preparation of the area for the main works.

The Company’s goal for the next months will be to present technical solutions for selected lines, e.g. construction of new railway lines through selected areas on trestle bridges or in tunnels. This year, the first environmental surveys are to be commenced, which will constitute the basis for implementation of the procedure of the environmental impact assessment.

Some large cities, such as Jastrzębie-Zdrój and Łomża, today have no railway connections. CPK rail investment projects, which aim to combat transport exclusion, are a unique opportunity to finally restore rail to many regions in Poland.

SAYS PIOTR MALEPSZAK, MEMBER OF CPK MANAGEMENT BOARD FOR RAILWAY INVESTMENT PROJECTS.

CPK railway investment projects plan consists of a total of 12 routes, including 10 so-called spokes running from various regions of Poland to Warsaw and CPK. In total, there are 30 investment tasks and 1,789 km of new railway lines, the investor of which is CPK, and which are to be completed by the end of 2034.

The construction and operation of the CPK Airport will give a powerful boost for the economy, the labor market and economic growth. The CPK project involves a stable schedule of planning, designing and construction of infrastructureinvestment projects scattered throughout Poland, which will be a boost to hundreds of companies and sectors, giving tens of thousands of jobs.

The concept of the preparation and construction of CPK Airport foresees that CPK will create a total of almost 150 thousand jobs, of which about 40 thousand related directly to the operation of the hub and another 110 thousand within the economic sectors related to the port, e.g. in the logistics, tourism, hotel, developer, trade and services sectors.

The airport industry is a major stimulus for the labor market in many parts of the world. According to the Investor’s estimates, about 20 thousand people will find jobs at the peak period of construction of the new terminal at Changi airport in Singapore. With the launch of Barajas airport in Madrid, as many as 300 thousandjobs were created (directly and in related industries) and Charlesde Gaulle airport in Paris contributed in the same way to the creation of almost 200 thousand jobs.

CPK will be an airport in Europe meeting the highest sanitary and epidemiological standards. By introducing the latest available solutions, already at the planning stage, Poland has the chance to create an airport that the passengers will trust. The so-called greenfieldinvestment, planned from scratch, has a huge advantage over airports which have been developed decades ago when many epidemiological risks have not yet been accounted for.

The COVID-19 pandemic has no impact on investments such as CPK, which should be continued and we have to implement them. CPK means almost 1,800 km of new railway lines and more than 400 km of new roads. It will make Poland a place for business. Investments such as CPK are the driving wheel of the economy and helped the world in crisis on numerous occasions. We estimate that the construction of CPK will create a total of 150 thousand jobs. CPK is a great opportunity for Poland

Andrzej Duda, President of The Republic of Poland

Large investment programs create tens of thousands of jobs at the time of implementation and several times more after their launch. The United States, China and the European Commission are just setting out their major investment programs aimed at stimulating the economy. CPK is a great opportunity for Polish aviation and rail, but also for each Pole. CPK, together with rail “spokes”, is an opportunity to attract domestic and foreign investment.

Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister

On Tuesday and Wednesday, a first round of talks takes place as part of the competitive dialog with the airports: Incheon in Seoul and Narita in Tokyo. The strategic advisor is to provide CPK with additional operational and commercial know-how on the efficient management of large transfer airports, which is necessary at the stage of master planning and design.

Since Poland has not implemented investment projects of this scale yet, CPK decided to take advantage of international experience by harnessing in the project the competences and resources held by the administrators of the best organized airports of the world.

SAYS MARCIN HORAŁA, GOVERNMENT PLENIPOTENTIARY FOR CPK.

Incheon and Narita airports have extensive consultancy experience in various parts of the world. The Seoul AirPort management company participated in airport investment projects in more than 20 locations of the world, including Turkey, Indonesia and Kuwait. Tokyo airport representatives participated in projects of this type among others in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

For the role of the strategic advisor to CPK, we are looking for a global hub manager with experience in international projects related to planning, construction and management of a large transfer airport, including cargo transport

EXPLAINS MIKOŁAJ WILD, CEO OF CPK.

The selection of the strategic adviser is one of the milestones of CPK implementation. The procedure will be completed this year. The agreement will be signed for a period of up to three years as it concerns the planning and design stages of the airport investment project.

In addition to the airport information, CPK has provided today details of the railway investments to be carried out between 2020 and 2034. The investment program of CPK assumes the construction of a network of new railway lines, including high-speed railways, which will connect most regions of Poland with Warsaw and the planned CPK within 2.5 hours.

Preparatory works are planned to be launched already this year for five railway lines with a total length of 563 km:

  • Warsaw – CPK – Łódź – Sieradz – Wrocław – Wałbrzych – Polish border (Poland/Czech Republic)
  • Ostrołęka – Łomża
  • Trawniki – Krasnystaw – Zamość
  • Łętownia – Rzeszów
  • Chybie – Jastrzębie Zdrój – Godów – Polish border (Poland/Czech Republic)

These investment projects will be prepared first in order to commence construction works in 2023. The schedule assumes that before the end of 2023 the following should be in progress: earthworks, construction works (in the scope of selected disciplines), works on removal of conflicts with underground infrastructure and preparation of the area for the main works.

The Company’s goal for the next months will be to present technical solutions for selected lines, e.g. construction of new railway lines through selected areas on trestle bridges or in tunnels. This year, the first environmental surveys are to be commenced, which will constitute the basis for implementation of the procedure of the environmental impact assessment.

Some large cities, such as Jastrzębie-Zdrój and Łomża, today have no railway connections. CPK rail investment projects, which aim to combat transport exclusion, are a unique opportunity to finally restore rail to many regions in Poland.

SAYS PIOTR MALEPSZAK, MEMBER OF CPK MANAGEMENT BOARD FOR RAILWAY INVESTMENT PROJECTS.

CPK railway investment projects plan consists of a total of 12 routes, including 10 so-called spokes running from various regions of Poland to Warsaw and CPK. In total, there are 30 investment tasks and 1,789 km of new railway lines, the investor of which is CPK, and which are to be completed by the end of 2034.

The construction and operation of the CPK Airport will give a powerful boost for the economy, the labor market and economic growth. The CPK project involves a stable schedule of planning, designing and construction of infrastructureinvestment projects scattered throughout Poland, which will be a boost to hundreds of companies and sectors, giving tens of thousands of jobs.

The concept of the preparation and construction of CPK Airport foresees that CPK will create a total of almost 150 thousand jobs, of which about 40 thousand related directly to the operation of the hub and another 110 thousand within the economic sectors related to the port, e.g. in the logistics, tourism, hotel, developer, trade and services sectors.

The airport industry is a major stimulus for the labor market in many parts of the world. According to the Investor’s estimates, about 20 thousand people will find jobs at the peak period of construction of the new terminal at Changi airport in Singapore. With the launch of Barajas airport in Madrid, as many as 300 thousandjobs were created (directly and in related industries) and Charlesde Gaulle airport in Paris contributed in the same way to the creation of almost 200 thousand jobs.

CPK will be an airport in Europe meeting the highest sanitary and epidemiological standards. By introducing the latest available solutions, already at the planning stage, Poland has the chance to create an airport that the passengers will trust. The so-called greenfieldinvestment, planned from scratch, has a huge advantage over airports which have been developed decades ago when many epidemiological risks have not yet been accounted for.

The cooperation agreement was signed by deputy infrastructure minister and government plenipotentiary for STH Marcin Horała and the British ambassador to Poland Jonathan Knott (on behalf of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade – DIT – Graham Stuart). The meeting was also attended by CEO of the STH company Mikołaj Wild and CEO of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PAŻP), Janusz Janiszewski.

 “Large infrastructure projects such as the Solidarity Transport Hub Poland respond to the transport needs of citizens and countries, but also provide an opportunity to exchange specialist knowledge and experience.  I’m confident that cooperation with the UK will help build a modern, comfortable and epidemiologically safe airport,” government plenipotentiary for STH Marcin Horała said.

“I’ve previously met with Polish ministers to champion UK expertise in delivering their ambitious plans to transform Polish connectivity, so I’m particularly proud to announce the deal we’ve struck with Poland’s Infrastructure Ministry today. Poland is an ever more important trade partner for the UK and I’m delighted that, after more than two years work by my department, British firms’ experience and expertise can be at the heart of delivering this major boost to Poland’s trade and prosperity, said Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart MP. The UK is home to some of the best project management, engineering, architecture and finance experts in the world. It is the role of our dedicated trade department, DIT, through trade support and export finance, to make sure their brilliance is showcased on the world stage.”

Ambassador Jonathan Knott pointed out that the UK is willing to share knowledge and experience gained in connection with innovative, ground-breaking projects across the world, for example airports: Incheon in Seoul, Changi in Singapore, Daxing in Beijing and İGA in Istanbul.  The agreement envisages readiness for cooperation – involving a Polish-British consultation team – on designing airport and rail infrastructure, spatial planning for areas around the airport and issues relating to sustainable development and project digitisation.

The beneficiaries of the agreement on the Polish side include Solidarity Transport Hub Poland (STH), Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA), the Civil Aviation Authority (ULC) and the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMiGW). On the British side DIT are counting on companies in the British Aviation Group (BAG) and also National Air Traffic Control Services (NATS), the custodian of UK airspace.

Representatives of the British aviation sector have worked with us shoulder to shoulder since a very early stage of the STH project. I deeply hope that this cooperation will continue. We value the experience of British companies, gained in the course of developing large infrastructure projects not only in their own country but also in other parts of the world. Their offer perfectly complements the planned cooperation with the Strategic Advisor to be selected in the second half of 2020 as well as the strategic partnership to be developed with the Strategic Advisor at the next stage of the investment” STH CEO Mikołaj Wild said.

The agreement is a part of Polish-British continued cooperation on the STH project. June and September last year saw architectural workshops – a joint initiative of the British Embassy in Poland and the STH company – that paved the way for initial architectural concepts for the Solidarity Airport. The proposals were submitted by internationally renowned architecture firms Foster+Partners, Chapman Taylor, Zaha Hadid Architects, Grimshaw, Benoy, Pascall+Watson, Woods Bagot, Populous and KPF.

At the same time STH consulted with partners in the sector on technical and operational requirements for the new airport. These consultations resulted in a so-called strategic brief containing STH’s basic features that was subsequently subject to comments from air carriers – including from the UK.

The STH project envisages construction of a new hub airport for Poland and Central and Eastern Europe and over 1600 km of new railway lines (including sections conforming to High Speed Rail standards, e.g. Warsaw- STH -Łódź). In combination with existing lines, they will form a network linking the Polish capital and STH with the majority of the country’s biggest cities, with travel time not exceeding 2-2.5 hours.  According to the Ministry of Infrastructure’s estimates, construction of CPK will allow for the creation of almost 150 thousands jobs, nearly 40 thousands in the immediate surroundings of the hub and around 110 thousands in related sectors of the economy.

The CPK has a chance to receive 1.5 million euro under the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the preparatory works for the construction of the route from the Polish-Czech border to the connection with the Chybie-Żory line (near Jastrzębie Zdrój). The planned 30 km section is the missing link in the TEN-T Trans-European Transport Network.CPK’s application for CEF co-financing would also include analytical works for the entire project of lines connecting the Katowice region with the Czech city of Ostrava.

The railway infrastructure is capital intensive and therefore it needs to be co-financed from the national and EU budgets. This is the first application for co-financing under the CEF for investments under the CPK Railway Program

This application is a proof that our investments include not only railway connections within the country, but also contribute to a better railway communication between Poland and its neighbors. The investment will connect Jastrzębie-Zdrój, a town with nearly 90 thousand inhabitants, i.e. the largest town in Poland now without access to railway, to the long-distance network

Piotr Malepszak, board member of CPK Poland responsible for the railway part of the investment

The letter of intent signed this week between the CPK and SŽDC announces the establishment of a working group composed of experts from both countries. The aim is to cooperate closely on the implementation of new lines: design and construction of missing infrastructure, increase of railway network capacity and reduction of travel time for railway connections between Poland and the Czech Republic.

The cooperation defined in the letter of intent goes beyond the latest CEF application, including coordination of the preparation and construction of not only the new cross-border Katowice-Ostrava line, but also the Wrocław-Prague line (as the planned elements of the TEN-T network). The Parties undertook to cooperate closely in the determination of the exact route, including the determination of the location of theinterface points of the line at the border of the states, as well as to agree on detailed technical parameters of the investment. The scope of cooperation includes, i.a., the exchange of information, technical documentation, analytical studies and study works as well as support in the scope facilitating the planning, preparation and implementation of the project.

The above investments will be part of the CPK Program which assumes construction of approx. 1600 km of new lines (the so-called spoke railway lines) running from 10 directions to the new airport and to Warsaw. These lines will ensure the coherence of the national railway network, connecting the voivodship cities with the capital, with the CPK, as well as with each other. As part of the zero-stage which should be ready before CPK Airport becomes operational, 140 km of a new high-speed line will be built on the Warsaw-CPK -Łódź route.

 

Each of the 10 spokes leading to the CPK will consist of: new track sections and renovated or modernized parts of the existing infrastructure. For the purposes of construction of this railway system, investment tasks have already been divided between the following companies: CPK, responsible for execution of airport and railway tasks (construction of new lines), and PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe, which is the railway infrastructure administrator in Poland and is responsible for modernization of the existing lines.

The current situation and the unprecedented collapse of the aviation and rail markets will have serious consequences, but CPK is a multi-year investment project. The first stage of the new airport is scheduled to be launched in the second half of this decade. There is a valid market justification for designing and constructing the first stage of CPK: two parallel runways with a capacity of up to 450 thousand air operations per year and a passenger terminal capable of handling up to 45 million passengers per year.

Planned airport and railway investments will provide a positive boost to the economy and the labor market, both during and after construction. The new railway lines will connect most of the regions of Poland with CPK and Warsaw in a time no longer than 2.5 hours. The investment project will also include the connection of previously unconnected cities to the railway network (i.e. Grójec, Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Łomża, Kolno, Tomaszów Lubelski), it will also entail increased investment attractiveness of the towns which will gain direct long-distance connections (for example: Busko-Zdrój, Grudziądz, Kłodzko, Nysa, Ostrołęka Płock, Sanok, Zamość).

The CPK investment is a huge boost for the labor market. For comparison: a new passenger terminal of Changi East is planned to be constructed in Singapore. The aerodrome estimates that 20 thousand people will be employed in the construction works during the peak period. In the case of a new airport in Istanbul opened last year, the number of employees at the construction site amounted to 35 thousand.

Global political and economic crises happened before and most of them have been the cause of a sudden decline in air travel and had a negative impact on the aviation sector in the short term, for example following the attacks of 11 September, the SARS epidemic. In the long term, the traffic was restored, ultimately to increase further at a later time.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) indicates that the 2nd quarter of 2020 will be a time of the largest decreases in passenger aviation. According to IATA, a gradual upwards trend should start afterwards. We do not know how long this period of market restoration will last as of yet, but there is no doubt that, “at the end of the day”, passengers will resume air travel.