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Tenders for railway feasibility studies for 560 km of new lines by the end of the year

Centralny Port Komnikacyjny plans to announce tenders for a technical, economic and environmental study for 560 km out of 1,800 km of planned new CPK railway lines by the end of the year, PAP reports. An information notice on this matter was published in the EU’s Official Journal.

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)

 

As reported by the Polish Press Agency (PAP), the first feasibility study (STEŚ) procedures are already in place for over half-thousand kilometres of high-speed railway lines. Their launch is planned in parallel with the opening of a new airport. It was added that an information notice on this matter was published in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

In total, it is more than 560 km of 1800 km of the planned new STH railway lines. We plan to announce all feasibility study procedures by the end of the year.

Tenders are to be announced in November and December. As reported by the Polish Press Agency (PAP), the specific dates depend on obtaining corporate approvals by the Company as part of the ownership supervision by the Ministry of State Assets.

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

  • Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West) – STH – Łódź (without the section in the area of the STH node);
  • 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 STH railway node (in the area of the Solidarity Airport).

First of all, we intend to announce the study procedure for the planned section of high-speed lines from Warsaw to Łódź, which is crucial for connecting the future airport to the railway system of the Republic of Poland. I assume that there will be further tenders for the following sections: between Łódź and Wrocław and between Łętownia in Podkarpacie and Rzeszów.

SAID MIKOŁAJ WILD

The expected time limit for the performance of the feasibility study for these sections is 10 to 12 months from the conclusion of the agreement. Railway investments which were selected by STH for the inventory and study, are planned for implementation before the end of 2027.

‘The list of sections to be covered by the feasibility study coincides with those for which the STH has signed subsequent agreements regarding the nature inventories since the end of August this year.In order to save time, both the inventories and the feasibility study will be carried out simultaneously,’ reports the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

The STH railway investments comprise almost 1,800 km of new lines to be constructed by the end of 2034. The STH Railway Programme consists of 12 railway routes, including 10 of the so-called spokes running from various regions of Poland to Warsaw and the STH.

The feasibility study is an important element of planning works which precede the design stage. Our objective is to start the first construction works before the end of 2023.

SAID WILD

The Solidarity Transport Hub is the planned transfer hub between Warsaw and Łodz, which will integrate air, rail and road transport. As part of this project, the Solidarity Airport will be built at a distance of 37 km west of Warsaw, at the area of approx. 3,000 hectares. In the first stage, it will have the capacity of 45 million passengers per year.

(source: PAP)

In the first part of the report, which was published in July this year, analysts focused on the construction periodof the CPK. In the case of the airport, this means the time until the end of 2027, and in the case of railway investments – until the end of 2034. The second part of the report just published concerns the operating period, i.e. the impact on the economy of the operating CPK infrastructure. The analyses covered the years 2028-2040, i.e. 13 years after the assumed launch of the operation: of the CPK Airport with a railway and road hub and over 500 km of the planned 1,800 km of new high-speed lines.

This report shows that the CPK will be economically viable for Poland, the Poles and the Polish economy. If we take into account that financing of the construction of the airport is to take place to a large extent on commercial terms and railway investments are to be co-financed from the EU funds, it can be clearly seen that preparations for this investment should be continued

SAYS MARCIN HORAŁA, THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE, GOVERNMENT PLENIPOTENTIARY FOR THE CPK.

The CPK means transport facilitation, new jobs and tax inflows. Our investment will change all sectors of the economy. The CPK will not only change the way we travel, we carry out public investments, we develop cities and in which we cooperate with other economies, but at the same time it will be a significant incentive for Poland and the region

SAYS MIKOŁAJ WILD, THE PRESIDENT OF CPK.

As calculated by the authors of the Kearney report, already in 2028 the CPK Airport will provide 238 thousand new jobs in the economy. In 2040, aviation-related employment will increase to 217 thousand jobs, while the rail-related segment will reach a level of 73 thousand new jobs. In total, this gives 290 thousand jobs related to the CPK in 2040.

Unlike the CPK construction stage, during which we calculated the economic impact on the basis of capital expenditures, after the opening of the airport planned for 2027, the economic benefits will depend to a large extent on the number of passengers and the quantity of goods handled. The impact also consists of both railway investments completed by 2027 and subsequent ones, road infrastructure and the surroundings of the port

SAYS TOMASZ SZYKULSKI, THE SENIOR CONSULTANT OF KEARNEY.

According to the calculations of Kearney, already in the first year of operation of the new airport and the first stage of part of railway investments – i.e. over 500 km of 1,800 km of the planned number of km of railway lines – the CPK will generate an increase in total production in Poland by PLN 71 billion. In turn, the gross added value, i.e. the sum of additional profits of enterprises, remuneration of employees and depreciation of fixed assets due to the CPK, will increase by more than PLN 50 billion in 2028.

As with other hubs in the world, since the opening, most of the expected benefits of the CPK will be the so-called catalytic effect. It consists of gains for the economy resulting, among others, from improvingthe communication availability of the country and the region, tourism development, increasing the mobility of residents, stimulating innovation and new technologies and developing the cargo, industry, business segment, etc.

According to the forecasts, from 2028 to 2040 the increase in total production due to the CPK operations and related infrastructure will amount to PLN 986 billion in total. The gross added value will increase in total in the forecast period by PLN 780 billion.

The investments completed under the CPK programme will enable to generate benefits significantly exceeding the maximum potential of the current Chopin Airport, the main limitation of which will be the capacity of the infrastructure. Compared to the Chopin Airport, the additional effect resulting from the existence of the CPK during the forecast period will amount to PLN 26-48 billion of gross added value per year and 120-173 thousand additional jobs.

SAYS TOMASZ SZYKULSKI, THE ANALYST AT KEARNEY.

Nature inventories are surveys which allow identification of protected, rare or endangered elements of the environment in the areas intended for future investments. At the same time, it is one of the elements of the environmental proceeding which precedes obtaining the environmental impact assessment, location decision and later the building permit.Nature inventories are surveys which allow identification of protected, rare or endangered elements of the environment in the areas intended for future investments. At the same time, it is one of the elements of the environmental proceeding which precedes obtaining the environmental impact assessment, location decision and later the building permit.

We act in accordance with the plan, our aim is to meet the declared schedules. The start of nature inventories means for CPK the commencement of the investment procedure. This is an important step that will allow the CPK company to obtain data for the environmental proceeding

SAYS MARCIN HORAŁA, THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE, GOVERNMENT PLENIPOTENTIARY FOR THE CPK.

Nature inventories consist in observation and cataloguing of important elements of fauna and flora. Of course, these are non-invasive surveys which will not generate nuisance for the residents. It is in their interest that we carry out nature inventories. Our goal is that new railway lines are as little onerous as possible for both residents and nature

EMPHASIZES MIKOŁAJ WILD, THE PRESIDENT OF THE CPK COMPANY.

The order for the Warsaw-Łódź section is the first of nine inventory agreements that CPK plans to sign within the next few weeks. Hence, nature inventories will be carried out along the first 530 km of the planned railway lines.

The CPK schedule assumes that these investments will be carried out first in order to be able to start preparatory construction works before the end of 2023.

The above investments are planned to be implemented before the end of 2027 and will enable a significant reduction of travel times, e.g. from Warsaw:

  • to Łódź (up to 45 minutes), Sieradz (1 hour 15 minutes) and Wrocław (1 hour 55 minutes); as part of spoke No. 9 on the route: Warsaw – CPK – Łódź – Sieradz – Wrocław – Wałbrzych – border with the Czech Republic;
  • to Zamość (up to 2 hours 15 minutes); as part of spoke No. 5 on the route: CPK – Warsaw – Lublin – Zamość – border with Ukraine.

Moreover, a new connection will be created from Warsaw to Łomża (with a travel time of 1 hour 20 minutes); as part of spoke No. 3 on the route: CPK– Warsaw – Ostrołęka – Łomża – Pisz – Giżycko.

The total area of the sites to be surveyed for the need of the construction of railway lines as part of this stage is 114 thousand ha in the following voivodeships: Mazowieckie, Łódzkie, Wielkopolskie, Dolnośląskie, Podkarpackie, Lubelskie and Podlaskie. The estimated value of these agreements amounts to PLN 7.5 million net.

By the end of 2020, an agreement for nature inventories on railway line No. 170 on the section Chybie – Jastrzębie Zdrój – Godów – Polish border will be signed as well.

All inventory works should be performed within 16 months. During the first two months, the following works will be carried out: update of data and analysis of documents obtained from archives, scientific studies and from local authorities, concerning the area of the future inventory.

Then, it is planned that inventory teams will enter the site in order to identify protected, rare and endangered species. The works will take 12 months at each section, as the inventory must cover all seasons of the year. The next two months are intended for closing the report and accepting the service.

The above agreements are part of the framework agreement which the CPK company signed with six contractors in December last year. The estimated total value of the contract is over PLN 26 million. The tender committee chose the following companies in the course of the procedure: Multiconsult, WYG, Daniel Maranda, Asanga, Idom, FFP Enviro, Mosty Gdańsk and BBF.

The agreement was concluded for five years. Now, the selected companies each time participate in partial contracts organized by CPK. The award of individual orders for the nature inventory as part of the CPK Railway Programme depends on the price proposed by the company.

The CPK railway investments are in total almost 1800 km of new lines to be constructed by the end of 2034.The CPK Railway Programme consists of a total of 12 railway routes, including 10 of the so-called spokes running from various regions of Poland to Warsaw and the CPK.

They will connect the CPK and Warsaw with most regions of Poland, offering travel time of up to 2.5 hours. A total of 179 poviats will be communicated by high-speed railway connections and 24 million people will be within direct reach of a new railway network. As the latest schedule assumes, all works will be carried out in 2023-2034.

The companies invited to the consultations include, i.a., Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT, LS Airport Services and Welcome Airport Services handling companies, LOT AMS and LS Technics technical maintenance companies, Poczta Polska, DHL, FedEx, UPS and TNT freight forwarding and logistics companies, Orlen and Lotos fuel suppliers, as well as, among others, the Polish Medical Air Rescue, Police, Border Guard, Chief Sanitary Inspectorate and Institute of Meteorology and Water Management.

The CPK company asked the air service providers and the state institutions about both the inventory of their infrastructure currently present at the Chopin Airport and about the forecasts and expectations for the end of 2027 when the first stage of the CPK is planned to be handed over for operation. The questions concern, among others:

  • Type of buildings
  • Minimum required surface area
  • Number and location of facilities
  • Surface area and cubic capacity of buildings
  • Required vicinity of other infrastructure elements
  • Utilities supply
  • Demad for parking areas and staging areas
  • Number of employees in the facilities.

The information will be collected from the entities involved by 1 July 2020. The CPK company plans that the companies and institutions will receive a summary of this stage of the consultations on 15July.

We invited a broad range of Polish and international entities which will be users of the future airport to take part in the consultations. Owing to that, the CPK company will obtain detailed information on, among others, the preferred location of the facilities, required vicinity, demand for connections and expected number of employees.

SAYS MARCIN HORAŁA, THE GOVERNMENT PLENIPOTENTIARY FOR THE CPK.

The data collected in this way will be processed and used to the extent specified in the conditions of cooperation with the Master Planner. The company is currently conducting a tender procedure in order to select a company to perform this function.

This year, we plan to sign the agreement with the selected Contractor. Then, works on the Master Plan of the airport will commence and will be carried out by the integrated CPK and Master Planner team. We have just started the first of the planned consultations on the infrastructure for purpose of the Master Plan

SAYS MIKOŁAJ WILD, THE PRESIDENT OF CPK.

The 350-page strategic brief of the CPK is an integral part of the preparations for the Master Plan, which systematised the assumptions of the infrastructure elements. It is based on almost 10 thousand comments from almost 150 entities that participated in previous consultation stages this and last year.

At the same time, the concept of the future airport is reviewed by air carriers within the Airport Consultative Committee (ACC), which was set up last year by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in cooperation with the CPK. So far, two meetings took place within the ACC in Warsaw: in July and October last year. Currently, due to the global epidemiological situation, meetings are held online.

Currently a Multiannual Programme is at the stage of government arrangements, which will determine the planned expenditures on the CPK in the following years. The company plans for the next three months also include, among others, the selection of a strategic advisor from among the largest and the best operational hub airports of the world.

The subsidy granted to the CPK (in the amount of €1,750,000) will fund preliminary works on the construction of a railway route from the Polish-Czech border to Jastrzębie-Zdrój and its connection to the existing Chybie-Żory line. The prospective 30-kilometre-long section will constitute the missing link of the TEN-T Trans-European Transport Network. Works will also include proposing a route for the new rail corridor fromJastrzębie Zdrój to Katowice.

The project will not only improve the railway connection between Poland and neighbouring countries but will also enable connecting Jastrzębie-Zdrój – a town of nearly 90,000 inhabitants andcurrently Poland’s largest town without access to rail linesto the national long-distance railway route system

underlined Mikołaj Wild, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure (and a Government Representative for the CPK).

The CPK applied for funding under the Connecting Europe Facility(CEF) in late April. Funds from the facility are used to finance infrastructural projects in EU member states.

Obtaining financial aid under the Connecting Europe Facility is excellent news given the tough competition in the form of projects submitted by other EU member states. It also serves as proof that there is demand for this project. This was the first application for funding for the CPK Railway Programme under the CEF

stated Piotr Malepszak, acting CEO of the CPK.

64 applications from various EU member states were submitted for the competition as part of the ‘Transport’ category of the CEF, of which 56 (including the application submitted by the CPK) concerned investments into transborder sections as part of the TENT-T network – their total value amounted to €227,000,000. The commission ultimately selected 31 projects from this category, with the EU allocating €117,000,000 in funding for the projects. The decision requires further approval from the European Commission.

Since April, the CPK and Czech rail operator SŽDC have been collaborating as part of preparations for the construction of new railway lines. Collaboration involves the coordination of the preparation and construction process of the new transborder Katowice – Ostrava line as well as the Wrocław – Prague line. Both parties have agreed to work together to determine the detailed route of the new lines as well as their detailed technical parameters.

Construction of a new line in the Jastrzębie-Zdrój area, partially funded under the CEF, is only part of the CPK Railway Programme in the Śląsk and Małopolska regions. The main project to be implemented in the area is the Małopolska-Śląsk Hub (Węzeł Małopolsko-Śląski – WMŚ), which will act as a new transfer hub and long-distance stop for the towns of Jaworzno, Chrzanów and Olkusz.

How will passengers benefit from WMŚ? Construction of the hub and connecting lines will reduce the fastest travelling times fromKrakówto Katowice to 35 minutes. Thanks to the hub, trips from Warsaw to Katowice will take approximately 1 hour 35 minutes and from trips from Warsaw to Kraków will take 1 hour 45 minutes. The project will also result in a significant increase in the number of trains passing through Katowice and Kraków.

The new track layout will also enable direct routes from Katowice via Sosnowiec and Dąbrowa Górnicza, WMŚ and Olkusz to Kraków to be opened, which will help redress certain past shortcomings – as a result of which Sosnowiec (over 200,000 inhabitants), Dąbrowa Górnicza (120,000 inhabitants) and Będzin (60,000 inhabitants) lack a railway connection with Kraków, which is located 65 kilometres away.

Implementation of the CPK Railway Programme will also help to reduce the duration of train trips abroad – to the Czech Republic but also to Hungary and Slovakia. Plans include the construction of the V4 transborder high-speed rail route (Budapest – Bratislava – Brno – Warsaw), which will pass through Ostrava, Jastrzębie-Zdrój (on the new section to be subsidised under the CEF), the area of Rybnik and Katowice and further on through WMŚ and the existing Central Rail Line and will terminate at the CPK.

The CPK Railway Programme contemplates the construction of over 1,600 kilometres of new railway lines (known as rail ‘spokes’), leading to the CPK and Warsaw from 10 directions. As part of the zero stage, which is scheduled to be completed prior to the CPK Airport obtaining operational capability, a 140-kilometre-long new rail link between Warsaw – CPK – Łódź will be constructed, enabling trains to reach speeds of up to 250 km/h. The estimated travel time from Warsaw to the CPK will be 15 minutes and from Łódź to the CPK 25 minutes.

Each of the 10 ‘spokes’ leading to the CPK will comprise new sections of tracks and renovated or modernised fragments of the existing infrastructure. The CPK Company will be responsible for the construction of the former, while PKP Polish Railways will be responsible for the modernisation of the latter.

The Solidarity Transport Hub Poland (STH) and the British Embassy in Poland invited the designers from Woods Bagot, Populous and KPF to Warsaw for architectural design workshops. The designers were encouraged to share their ideas for the initial concept of the STH.

For the second time, we have invited architects with a rich design portfolio of implemented investments to ask them what Solidarity Airport might look like. The timing is not accidental. Until the end of October, we shall be consulting the technical and operational requirements of the new airport with companies and institutions that will be involved in future airport operations.

Mikołaj Wild, Government Plenipotentiary for Solidarity Transport Hub Poland.

The investor is not under obligation to use any of the proposed designs, instead they are to serve as a source of inspiration for the project.

We hope that the results of work by British architects will be useful for the company in building a new airport in central Poland and will ultimately be beneficial to future users. I am glad that we could facilitate contacts between the STH and the design industry.

Lech Kaczanowski, Director of the Department for International Trade from the British Embassy in Poland.

KPF

The designers of the KPF studio, who worked on the planning of airports in Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam and Seoul proposed that – for the sake of the convenience of STH passengers – the distance between the central part of the airport and the outermost airport gates must not be too far. Their goal was to shorten check-in and transfer time. As a result, they proposed terminals in the shape of a triangle: the larger one in the first stage of the construction of the STH planned for the end of 2027, and the second as a smaller terminal as part of a future expansion (if needed).

The triangular shape of the terminal is the best possible option from an architectural point of view and brings many benefits. This means convenience of movement, shortening of transfer times and effortless adaptation of space. What is more, triangle is a beautiful shape – reminiscent of clasped hands and associated with solidaritythat is so close to Polish identity”, explains architect Jens Hardvendel from KPF.

Through its shorter side, the triangular terminal would be connected to the planned high-speed line railway station connecting Warsaw, the STH and Łódź (also Poznańand Wrocław in due course). According to the KPF studio, travel time and seamlesstransfers from train to plane – and vice versa – can determine the success of the new airport.

The interior of the STH terminal has been designed as a spacious and well-lighted hall with a transparent roof.Orange skylights of an irregular shapes have been installed on the roof, reminiscent of traditional Polish amber, whose deposits can be found in the Baltic Sea. Trees and flower pots with plants inside the terminal function as a “stress-relieving” element. “If you spend two or three hours at the airport due to a change, you can then appreciate solutions that improve passenger comfort”, KPF architects explain.

“An interchange port can help build a positive image for a given country, an example of which is Changi Airport in Singapore. Warsaw is the heart of Europe, but, what is more, it is also the centre of a region where there is no large hub, meaning that there is an evident market niche that Poland can fill”, says Mustafa Chehabeddine, Planning Director at KPF. “As designers, we highly appreciate the fact that the airport will be built from scratch, as the so-called greenfield investment. This facilitates the use of modern solutions and gives architects a wide range of possibilities”, he underlines.

POPULOUS

According to the designers of Populous’ offices in London, the STH should be an “Airport City”. The studio refers to its experience in the design of airport facilities at Changi in Singapore, but also sports facilities, e.g. stadiums for the London Olympics in 2012.

In the concept of Populous, the journey through the airport begins when the passengers disembark from the integrated train station located on the lower floors of the port. The airport facilities are located on the highest level, while the middle floors are to be open to the outside, creating public spaces inspired by traditional Polish public meeting places such as Warsaw markets.

Travellers arriving at the airport will have a choice to go directly to a security check or leave their luggage and use many attractions of “Airport City” also located in a public area in front of the restricted area of the port. “Our project is to go beyond creating usual airport “transition space” that people simply pass on their way to take a flight”, explain Populous architects.

Architects provide the STH with a smart design of space that will allow the needs of different groups of travellers to be met. You can choose between places to relax and rest (like the SPA and massage centre, or comfortable places to read), sport facilities (gym and swimming pool), but also for work and business meetings, which will be held in airport conference rooms. The airport’s entertainment area will offer digital, interactive and VR solutions (within the virtual reality) such as a platform for e-sport games.

The designers promise a thoughtful location for the commercial space, which will contain stores from various industries, with e-commerce shopping windows and the possibility to shop online. Restaurants with a view of the runway and open terraces will serve as another attraction. In the terminal, Populous architects would provide places for families with children, offering both indoor and outdoor playgrounds.

Based on opinion polls of airport users, we gathered a huge amount of data in various parts of the world that allowed the development of a user experience map. It takes into account the expectations of different groups of travellers towards each stage of their stay at the airport. When designing an airport, we analyse the flow of passenger streams in detail and their behaviour and, only on this basis, we propose the best solutions”, says Brett Wightman, the Architect Manager of the Asia Pacific Aviation group at Populous.

The designers point out that the airport concept they have presented is, for the time being, a preliminary version and at a further stage there may be elements referring to “the spirit of the place“: Poland as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

WOODS BAGOT

The architects of this studio are guided by the motto: The airport of the future has not yet been designed. This means that the airport concept should be flexible, modular, hence should the design of future airport to be adaptable to new technologies.

Architects of Woods Bagot were enraptured by the Polish landscape and the nature changing with the seasons. In their concept, distinctive ceilings appeared in the terminal, reminiscent of tree trunks in Polish forests.The glass walls of the terminal are there to allow the green space around the airport to be admired and help passengers relax before their journey.

As the designers say, when creating a concept, the uniqueness of the place is of key importance. Therefore, in their opinion, the Solidarity Airport terminal should emphasise Polish hospitality so as to be open not only to travellers, but also to any visitors who come to the airport to spend time, have lunch, meet friends or do shopping.

We want the design to be unique, to stimulate the senses but, at the same time, to be practical and facilitate the ease of travelling. All of this so that Solidarity Airport may become a place where you just want to return. We travel more and more for business or pleasure and flying becomes a lifestyle. The airport of the future should therefore be a temporary escape from stress and everyday problems. It should not only be a place to wait for a plane, but also a relaxation zone“, underlines Cliff Bollmann, Woods Bagot Regional Transport Solutions Director.

 

Woods Bagot, just like Populous, monitors data on passengers when designing an airport. They are interested in how travellers move around the terminal, where they stop and what solutions they find difficult to navigate. Only after defining the paths that individual groups of passengers follow does the studio design accurate solutions. “Intuitively finding the way to the right gate, regardless of the way one arrives at the airport (i.e. by train, bus or car), is how you can recognise a well-designed airport”, explain the architects from Woods Bagot.

 

The opportunity to design from scratch, like the greenfield investment – a completely new airport which could become a key transfer point in Central and Eastern Europe – is a huge challenge but also a great opportunity for each architectural firm. A railway system that will allow passengers to quickly reach the airport is of key importance. Solidarity Airport has all the features of an airport of the future”, says architect Jonathan Leah from Woods Bagot.

The Baranów Municipality Council adopted a resolution on cooperation with the municipalities of Wiskitki and Teresin yesterday in order to determine the rules and select the members of the Social Council for the CPK. On 28 February, a similar resolution was adopted by the Wiskitki municipality and on 4 March – by the Teresin municipality. The resolutions were adopted unanimously.

An appendix to the resolutions was the Rules of Procedure of the Social Council, the content of which was developed as part of the dialogue between the Plenipotentiary for the CPK and the Management Board of the CPK company and representatives of local governments and NGOs from the municipalities of Baranów, Teresin and Wiskitki.

The Social Council will advise Mikołaj Wild, the Government Plenipotentiary for the CPK and the CPK special purpose vehicle managed by Piotr Malepszak on matters relevant to local communities, including on how to acquire real properties for the construction of the CPK Airport. The Council will assist in holding the dialogue with local communities first at the stage of preparations and then also during the implementation of the investment.

Today’s voting is a milestone in preparation for the CPK-related investments. The establishment of the Social Council was and is a priority for me. I am grateful to the heads of municipalities for constructive participation in several months’ talks and the councils of municipalities for the responsible decision. Now has come the time for the election to the Council, followed by its inaugural meeting, which may take place still inMarch.

MIKOŁAJ WILD, THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE.

The Social Council will act as an advisory and recommendation body during the preparation and implementation of the investment. It will also help, among others, to plan and conduct an information campaign for the residents of the municipalities of Baranów, Teresin and Wiskitki.

We do count on the vote of the Social Council, among others, in matters related to the acquisition of real properties. I am convinced that cooperation with the Council will enable us to plan the related activities in a responsible manner that takes into account the expectations of the residents. One of the important tasks of the Council will be to support the company at the stage of developing the corporate social responsibility programme whose beneficiaries will be residents of Baranów, Teresin and Wiskitki.

PIOTR MALEPSZAK, ACTING AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE CPK COMPANY

 Members of the 15-person Social Council will select councils of the following municipalities from their composition: Baranów, Teresin and Wiskitki at the next meetings to be held in March. According to the rules of procedure, these will include representatives of farmers, non-agricultural residents, entrepreneurs, pensioners and local governments of these municipalities.

Rafał Garpiel, an expert with experience in the field of social dialogue with the participation of investors, local authorities, local communities and NGOs, will act as the coordinator of the Social Council and has been appointed by the Government Plenipotentiary for the CPK and the management board of the special purpose vehicle. The coordinator will attend the meetings of the Council and is in charge of the exchange of information between the Council, the Government Plenipotentiary for the CPK and the company. The Chairperson, who will be elected by the Council, shall prepare a list of matters to be discussed at each meeting of the Council, taking into account the proposals of the members of the Council and the coordinator.

As the government concept of the CPK construction shows, the costs related to the implementation of the investment are estimated to be at the level of up to PLN 35 billion, including PLN 16-19 billion for the implementation of the airport part, PLN 8-9 billion for the railway part and PLN 7 billion for the road part.

According to the estimates of the Ministry of Infrastructure, the construction of the CPK will result in creation of a total of almost 150 thousand jobs, including approx. 40 thousand in the direct vicinity of the transfer hub and approx. 110 thousand in the branches of the economy related to the investment. The construction of the hub will translate into a total increase in budget revenues in the amount of PLN 2.4 billion per year and PLN 4.7 billion on account of the increase in GDP.

The consultation started this morning. The condition for participation is registration and signing a confidentiality agreement (NDA). Comments on the CPK Strategic Brief can be submitted by October 31. The invitation, terms of reference, the registration form and NDA form are all available at:

https://cpk.pl/en/about/airport-component/strategic-brief-consultation

Entities, that will undergo a positive verification, will be given access to the 350-page Strategic Brief of the new airport and the remarks submission form. Using the form, it will be possible to enter proposals for changes and additions in regard to the planned airport infrastructure.

We deliberately started consultations at the initial stage of preparation for the design and construction. It is impossible to plan a modern airport wisely without asking for the opinion of its users, i.e. air carriers,handling, maintenance and courier companies, cargo operators and suppliers of numerous media and services

emphasizes Mikołaj Wild, Government Plenipotentiary for CPK.

Our goal is to verify the CPK conceptual assumptions, reconcile them with the needs of future usersand make necessary adjustments. The aim is to ensure that the planned technical, operational and financial solutionsare optimal. In this way, we are also building a knowledge base that will be used for the Airport’s Master Plan

says Dariusz Sawicki, CPK Board Member and Managing Director Airport Development.

The April preliminary consultation meeting was attended by over 60 representatives of companies such as LOT Polish Airlines, LOT AMS, LS Airport Services, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Poczta Polska, Orlen, LOTOS, PERN, Polski Holding Hotelowy, FedEx, DHL, UPS and TNT Express. The investor acquainted partners with the stages of investment, presented a working block diagram of the project implementation and assumptions regarding the formula and scope of cooperation. Already then – by the end of May – CPK received over half a thousand comments and proposals regarding the infrastructure of the planned airport, including passenger, luggage, cargo infrastructure, technical facilities, etc.

Next, in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), CPK established the Airport Consultative Committee (ACC) for the new airport. The inaugural ACC meeting, which took place on July 18 in Warsaw, was attended by, among others representatives of LOT, El Al, Emirates, Enter Air, Qatar Airways, SAS and Wizz Air and the following airline groups: IAG (which includes British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Level and Vueling), Lufthansa Group (including Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings). Star Alliance also took part in it, i.e. in addition to LOT, Air China, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, Turkish Airlines and South African Airways.

Simultaneously with the airport part of the investment, preparations are underway for the design and construction of new railway lines leading to CPK and WarsawIn July, the first stage of the Regional Strategic Consultation for the Railways ended. So far, they have taken place in five voivodships: Kuyavian-Pomeranian, Greater Poland, Masovian, Łódź and Lower Silesian. Consultations in another seven regions are scheduled for September.

Local Community Consultancy Council for the Airport Investment has been operating B, representing the residents of Teresin, Wiskitki and Baranów communes, in which the investment will be located. The Council enables ongoing exchange of information between residents and the local governments with the Office of The Government Plenipotentiary for CPK and the CPK Company itself.

In July, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, has approved a 300 million, PLN cash injection for the CPK as a result of the acquisition of new shares by the State Treasury. The government recognized CPK not only as a strategic project for the development of Poland, but also as a profitable investment. According to the Pricewaterhouse Coopers report from April this year, the Polish aviation market has one of the largest growth potentials throughout Europe, and the construction of the hub near Warsaw is justified by both traffic forecasts and assumed rate of return. According to a study by Baker McKenzie from May this year, the creation of CPK could grow Poland’s GDP by 4 to 7 percent.

The purpose of an environmental survey is to identify any protected, rare or endangered components of the environment in areas earmarked for future capital works projects. The results of environmental surveys are one of the constituent parts that need to be undertaken as part of the environmental procedure, which precedes the issuance of a construction permit.

The CPK enterprise intends to choose six contractors as a result of the ongoing procedure, with whom it will enter into five-year framework contracts this autumn. The selected companies will then compete for partial contracts awarded by the enterprise. Specific contracts for environmental surveys as part of the CPK Railway Programme will be awarded to the company who offers the best price.

Mikołaj Wild, a Government Representative for the CPK, stresses that an environmental survey will first be carried out in the area where the Warsaw – CPK – Łódź high-speed rail line is scheduled for construction. Future surveys will be conducted depending on existing needs related to capital works projects (in line with the progress in works related to preparations for the construction of additional lines).

Environmental surveys are the first call for tenders related to the railway component organised by the enterprise. Our objective as part of the so-called stage zero, scheduled to be completed prior to the opening of the CPK Airport, is to construct 140 kilometres of new railway lines, primarily the Warsaw – CPK – Łódź line. Ultimately, we plan to construct 1,600 kilometres of new lines connecting the CPK and Warsaw with 10 various directions

said Piotr Malepszak, acting CEO of the CPK.

The CPK enterprise estimates that the total maximum area subject to environmental surveys to be conducted under the contract is 220,000 hectares. Survey areas under a single separate contract will be at least 900 hectares and may be located anywhere across the country. During the first stage of the survey, contractors will carry out studies and, later, on-field surveys and environmental analyses.

The results of environmental surveys will be attached to the environmental impact report, which will be submitted to the Regional Environmental Protection Authority (to the Head of the Competent) together with an application for the issuance of an environmental permit. Preparations for the project will also involve obtaining a decision on the location of the project and, later, on a construction permit.

Each of the 10 railway ‘spokes’ leading to the CPK will comprise new sections of the rail network to be constructed by the CPK enterprise as well as repaired or modernised components of the existing infrastructure administrated by PKP PLK. On the 29th of April this year, the government adopted a regulation pursuant to which each of the new sections of rail lines that trains will travel on to the CPK and Warsaw was included in the list of railway lines of national significance.

The total length of railway lines in Poland is currently over 19,000 kilometres. Over 5,000 kilometres of railway has been ‘retired’ from service since the early 1990s. New lines are required as no large-scale projects involving the construction of railway routes have been undertaken in Poland since the 1980s, when the Wide Gauge Steel Mill Line was completed and the Central Railway Line before that. The CPK Programme is the first comprehensive programme for the construction of a new rail infrastructure since that time.

In July, the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, issued a decision to grant the CPK enterprise additional funding in the amount of 300,000,000 PLN as a result of the State Treasury’s acquisition of additional shares in the enterprise. In the government’s opinion, the CPK is not only a project of strategic importance to Poland’s development, but also a profitable investment. According to a report drawn up by PwC in April of this year, the growth potential of the Polish airline market is one of the largest in Europe and the construction of a hub near Warsaw is viable based on factors such as the projected traffic and expected rate of return. According to an analysis by Baker McKenzie and Polityka Insight from May of this year, the construction of the CPK may result in a growth of Poland’s GDP by 4% to 7%.