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By the end of the year, tendering procedures for railway feasibility studies for 560 km of new lines

‘By the end of the year, the Solidarity Transport Hub company plans to launch tendering procedures for the feasibility study for 560 km of 1800 km of the planned new STH railway lines,’ reports the Polish Press Agency (PAP). An information notice on this matter was published in the Official Journal of the EU.

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)

the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship – Piotr Całbecki and the Vice-Voivode of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship – Józef Ramlau. 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 Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, discussing the first concept as part of the started process of the so-called routing.

As part of the CPK Programme in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, construction of 168 km of new lines is planned. According to the assumptions of the investor, 92% of the voivodeship residents will be able to reach high-speed train stations in lessthan onehour, which will significantly improve the communication availability of the region.

In the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, lines No. 5 and 242 will be constructed on the CPK – Grudziądz – Warlubieroute, constituting a fragment of spoke No. 1: Warsaw – CPK – Tricity. Moreover, in the western part of the voivodeship, line No. 400: Nakło nad NoteciąZłotów – Okonek will be constructed, which is a fragment of the branch of spoke No. 1 towards Koszalin and Kołobrzeg.

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 2 hours 5 minutes from Bydgoszcz to Warsaw (today, the shortest travel on this route takes 3 hours and 30 minutes), from Bydgoszcz to the CPK: 1 hours and 50 minutes and to Kołobrzeg: 2 hours and 10 minutes (currently the shortest time is 3 hours and 50 minutes).

From Toruń, passengers will be able to reach Warsaw in 1 hour and 30 minutes, the CPK – in 1 hour and 15 minutes and Kołobrzegin 2 hoursand 45 minutes.

As emphasized by Mikołaj Wild, the Government Plenipotentiary for the CPK, the Tuesday meeting in Toruń concluded the first stage of the Regional Strategic Consultations, i.e. discussions with representatives of government authorities, voivodeship self-governments and town authorities.

We will carefully analyze the comments made during the meetings. We will take them into account when creating the route of new railway lines as part of the CPK Programme

ADDS MIKOŁAJ WILD

The consultations are an important tool for us to plan and guarantee that the route of new railway lines will be as compliant as possible with the expectations of all interested entities. Therefore, we intend to continue them as part of the 2nd stage of consultations planned in subsequent voivodeships

SAYS PIOTR MALEPSZAK, ACTING AS THE PRESIDENT OF CPK

CPK is currently planning the 2nd stage of the Regional Strategic Consultations to be held in September in the following voivodeships: Śląskie, Małopolskie, Świętokrzyskie, Podkarpackie, Lubelskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie and Podlaskie. After their completion, the company shall carry out a location analysis for each line. The next stage will be additional local consultations on specific technical solutions proposed by the CPK. The voice of local communities will also be taken into account when issuing the environmental decision, i.e. the document ultimately determining the route of a line.

Since the beginning of July, the CPK company has organized – apart from Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship – consultations in the capital cities of four other voivodships:

POZNAŃ

As part of the CPK Programme in the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship, 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 stations in less than one hour, which will significantly improve the communication availability of Wielkopolska.

In the region, first, line No. 85 Warszawa – 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 nadNotecią – 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 (today, 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 and 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.

WARSAW

As part of the CPK Programme in the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, construction of 344 km of new railway lines is planned. The priority investments in the region are two high-speed railway lines: line No. 85: Warsaw – CPK – Łódź – Poznań and line No. 5: CPK – Płock – Grudziądz (Gdańsk). This is a fragment of the so-called spoke No. 1 and spoke No. 9 as part of the CPK Programme. In the north-east of the voivodeship there will also be constructed a new section of line No. 29 from Ostrołęka through Łomża to Giżycko.

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 50 minutes from Warsaw to Łódź. (now the shortest time is 1 hour and 21 minutes), to Gdańsk – 2 hours (today a travel by train takes at least 3 hours) and to Poznań – 1 hour and 55 minutes (instead of 3 hours currently). In the next phase of the Programme, the construction of the sections between the CPK, Warka and Radom and Ostrowiec Św. is planned, said sections being fragments of spoke No. 6 from Warsaw and the CPK to Podkarpacie, and the Warsaw Choszczówka – Kątne line, simplifying the route of spoke No. 2 to Warmia. Thanks to the investments, 86% of the voivodeship residents will be able to reach high-speed train stations in less than one hour.

ŁÓDŹ

As part of the CPK Programme in the Łódzkie Voivodeship, 219 km of new lines will be constructed. Two high-speed railway lines will be constructed in the region: line No. 85: Warsaw – CPK – Łódź – Sieradz – Poznań and line No. 87: Sieradz – Wieruszów, forming a part of the Warsaw – Wrocław route, the construction of which was already planned in the 1970s. The communication availability of the region will be significantly improved because, according to the investor’s assumptions, 60% of the voivodeship residents will be able to reach high-speed train stations in less than one hour.

Construction of new lines will enable connection of Łódź to the Polish-wide high-speed rail connection network and will significantly reduce the travel time, e.g. we will reach Poznań in 1 hour and 5 minutes (instead of 3 hours and 20 minutes currently), Warsaw – in 50 minutes (now the shortest time is 1 hour and 21 minutes), Wrocław – in 1 hour (instead 3 hours and 20 minutes currently) and the CPK– in 35 minutes.

WROCŁAW

Within the framework of the CPK Programme, 119 km of new sections will be constructed in the Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, comprising the high-speed railway line Warsaw – Wrocław – Wałbrzych – Polish-Czech border (with a connection to Prague). The routing version presented during the consultations assumes that at the operating speed of 250 km/h it will be possible to achieve the travel time of 45 minutes from Wrocław to Wałbrzych (currently the shortest time is 60 minutes), to Warsaw – 1 hour and 50 minutes (currently, the shortest travel along this route takes 3 hours and 55 minutes), to Prague – 2 hour and 30 minutes (instead of 5 hours currently).

Moreover, thanks to CPK’s investments in this region, up to 82% of the voivodeship residents will be able to reach high-speed train stations in less than one hour, which will significantly improve the communication availability of the Dolnośląskie Voivodeship.

In total, as part of 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. The so-called zero stage, which should be ready before the CPK Airport achieves operational capacity, assumes the construction of 140 km of new lines 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 investments 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.