Centralny Port Komunikacyjny signed the first agreement for nature inventories: for the area of almost 26 thousand ha of the area along the planned high-speed line Warsaw-Łódź. By the end of the year, similar inventories are to cover a total of 115 thousand hectares along 530 km of future railway routes.
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
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
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.
Today, the meeting with representatives of the CPK company was attended, i.a., by Voivode of Wielkopolska Zbigniew Hoffmann, Marshal of the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship Marek Woźniak and Vice President of Poznań Mariusz Wiśniewski. In the course of the meeting, the government investor presented the progress of preparatory works for construction of railway lines in the area of the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship, discussing the first concept as part of the started process of the so-called routing.
As emphasized by Government Plenipotentiary for the CPK Mikołaj Wild, this was the first of the planned meetings as part of the CPK railway investment arrangements with representatives of government authorities, voivodeship self-governments and town authorities.
The CPK concept makes an unusual impression and certainly it can be concluded that it is a civilisational leap. From the perspective of Wielkopolska, it means many changes, mainly in the area of railway infrastructure, which requires multi-level cooperation at different levels of administration. Therefore, such meetings as today are necessary and I am glad that we have successfully taken a substantive approach to the subject despite political differences
For the City of Poznań, it is important to get acquainted with all analyses relating to the construction of the CPK. The issue of rail connections between the airport and other cities is important. First of all, it is necessary to adapt local and regional public transport to them. We hope that due to changes relating to the construction of the CPK, other investments in railway infrastructure in our region and other parts of Poland will not be affected.
We intend to consult the route of the planned railway lines, discuss transport needs of residents and local environmental conditions. Regional strategic consultations involving representatives of self-governments will be continued and their aim is to determine the optimum route of the lines
As part of regional strategic consultations, the CPK company plans to organize meetings in other voivodeships. Once they are completed, he will carry out a location analysis as part of which the route of the railway lines will be presented. The next stage will be additional local social consultations on specific technical solutions proposed by CPK. What is important, the voice of local communities will also be taken into account when issuing the environmental decision, i.e. the document determining the route of a line.
In the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship, as part of the CPK Programme, the construction of 196 km of new lines is planned. According to the assumptions of the investor, almost two-thirds of the voivodeship residents will be able to reach high-speed train stationsin less than one hour, which will significantly improve the communication availability of Wielkopolska.
In Wielkopolska, as part of the CPK Programme, first, line No. 85Warsaw – CPK – Łódź – Kalisz – Poznań will be constructed. This is a task forming a part of High-Speed Rail construction: Warsaw – CPK – Łódź – Poznań / Wrocław, which is called “Y” based on its shape. The assumed operating speed of trains on this section is at least 250 km/h. This is a fragment of the so-called spoke No. 9 as part of the CPK Programme. Secondly, in Wielkopolska, line No. 400:Nakło nad Notecią – Złotów – Okonek will be constructed, which is an element of spoke No. 1 leading from the CPK through Płock, Toruń and Bydgoszcz towards Koszalin.
The routing version presented during the meeting assumes that at the operating speed of 250 km/h it will be possible to achieve the travel time of 1 hour 5 minutes from Poznań to Łódź (currently, the shortest travel on this route takes 3 hours and 20 minutes), to the CPK – 1 hour and 40 minutes and to Warsaw – 1 hour and 55 minutes (currently the shortest time is 2 hours 50 minutes). From Kalisz, passengers will be able to reach Łódź in 35 minutes, the CPK – in 1 hour and 10 minutes and Warsaw – in 1 hour and 25 minutes.
In total, within the railway part of the CPK Programme, the construction of over 1,600 km of new lines leading from 10 directions to the CPK and Warsaw is planned. As part of the so-called zerostage, which should be ready before the CPK Airport achieves operational capacity, 140 km of new lines will be constructed on the Warsaw – CPK – Łódź route. The completion of the remaining railway investments fits the time horizon until 2040.
Each of the 10 railway “spokes” leading to the CPK will consist of new sections of the network and repaired or modernised parts of the existing infrastructure. For the purpose of construction of this railway system, investment tasks were divided between the following companies: CPK and PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe. On 29 April this year, the Council of Ministers adopted a Regulation under which each of the new sections of tracks through which trains will get to the CPK and Warsaw was included in the list of railway lines of national importance.
The total length of railway lines in Poland is now over19 thousand km. Since the early 1990s, more than 5 thousand km of the lines have been dismantled. New investment projects are needed because since the 1980s, when the construction of the Broad-Gauge Metallurgical Railway and previously the Central Trunk Line were completed, no railway tracks have been constructed in Poland on a large scale. The CPK Programme is the first plan for the construction of the new railway infrastructure since then.
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The amendment to the Regulation on the list of railway lines of national importance of April 17, 2013 adopted yesterday by the government includes all connections the construction of which results from the Concept of preparation and implementation of the CPK adopted by the government on November 7, 2017. Details of the CPK Railway Program were presented by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki in the afternoon at the conference at the Łódź Fabryczna station.
The railway part of the CPK Program assumes the construction of 1600 km of new lines from 10 directions to CPK and Warsaw. They will connect the voivodship cities with the capital of Poland and CPK, as well as with each other. They will also ensure the coherence of the national railway network. As part of the zerostage, which should be ready before the CPK Port achieves operational capacity, 140 km of new lines will be constructed: mainly on the Warsaw – CPK – Łódź route. This investment will enable to achieve the travel time from the CPK to Warsaw of 15 minutes and from the CPK to Łódź of approx. 25 minutes.
We are starting to implement very specific plans. Poland has the chance to become the economic center of Central Europe, and CPK, as the largest hub in the business region, the heart of this area
It is time to give Polish railways a new impulse for development. We want the inhabitants of all regions in Poland, from towns and villages, to have equal access to the railway so that they can travel comfortably to every part of the country. These investments will ensure the backbone of the transport system of the State. I do not hesitate to say that the CPK is an epochal project
The adoption of new provisions will facilitate investment processes under the CPK Railway Program in the future. The total length of the lines of national importance, i.e. justified by economic, social, ecological or defense considerations, the construction of which results from the CPK Concept, is more than 1600 km. Their exact length will be known after completion of conceptual and design works.
The regulation adopted today by the government included the entire planned railway network indicated in the CPK concept, in the list of lines of national importance. This shows how important and universal investment the CPK is. This will not only be a modern hub airport, which is much-needed in Poland and in this part of Europe, but thanks to railway investments also the project which will help to communicate better Poland as a whole
The Deputy Minister gave examples for cities which today are white spots in transport and which are expected to be easier to get to thanks to the CPK investments. These include, among others: Płock, Grudziądz, Łomża, Ostrołęka, Busko Zdrój and Jastrzębie-Zdrój.
This regulation is a milestone on the road towards the implementation of the CPK Railway Program. The benefits of railway investments are undeniable. From over 100 Polish cities, we will be able to get directly to CPK Airport and Warsaw within no more than 2.5 hours. The tasks carried out under the CPK Railway Program will enable us to work for sustainable transport in Poland. Today, it is characterized by insufficient railway development and is based excessively on road infrastructure
The adoption of the regulation was preceded by reorganization of the line network indicated in the CPK Concept, assigningthem numbers and determination of the starting and end points. Each of the 10 railway “spokes” leading to the CPK will consist of newsections of the network and repaired or modernized parts of the existing infrastructure. For the purposes of construction of this railway system, investment tasks were divided between CPK which is responsible for construction of new routes, and PKP PLK, which is responsible for modernization of the existing ones. This is the first program for construction of new railway lines in Poland in over 30 years.
High-speed railway sections and spokes leading to the CPK will make the network more coherent and better used. A Multi-Annual CPK Program is under preparation, it will specify what specific airport, railway and road investments will be carried out as part of the CPK operation and what financing will be needed in the subsequent years.
The total length of railway lines in Poland is now over 19 thousand km. Since the early 1990s, more than 5 thousand km of the lines have been dismantled. New investments are needed because railway routes have not been built in Poland on a large scale since the 1980s when the Metallurgy – Sulfur line and previously the Central Trunk Line were completed.