A South Korean consortium has won the Centralny Port Komunikacyjny tender for the design of the High Speed Railway line between Katowice and the Polish-Czech border. This 70-kilometre section is part of the railway route between Katowice and Ostrava. More than 400 km of the CPK railway “spokes” are already at the design stage.
Katowice – Ostrava is one of the key sections of the railway lines built in Poland by CPK. It is an important part of the EU’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) connecting Katowice, Warsaw and Krakow with Brno, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest.
The tender for the design of the railway line was won by a consortium of two companies. The first is Korea National Railway (KNR), a state-owned company that has carried out railway construction projects, technical consultancy services and feasibility studies, including high speed rail. The second entity in the consortium is Dohwa Engineering, a South Korean engineering and construction company that has completed more than 7,000 projects at national and global level. The value of the contract amounts to PLN 134 million.
Thanks to the new railway line, which is part of the V4 Visegrad Group railway, Upper Silesia is going to become an important transportation hub for the entire Three Seas region. The Polish section developed by CPK assumes trains travelling at speeds of up to 250 km/h.
The project ensures the inclusion of Jastrzębie-Zdrój in the railway network, as well as new and much faster regional connections between Rybnik, Żory and Wodzisław Śląski, and Katowice. It is a civilisational leap that removes the communication exclusion of many people. The railway serves up to 3.6 million people in this region of Poland.
Approximately 2,000 km of new railway lines are going to be built as part of the CPK investment, including High Speed Rail. There are already five investor variants selected – along with the Katowice-Ostrava route these include: Warsaw – Łódź, Łódź – Wrocław, Łętownia – Rzeszów and Sieradz – Poznań, available from May.
The 140-kilometre Warsaw-Łódź and 200-kilometre Łódź-Wrocław routes are already being designed. The first is being developed by Biuro Projektów ‘Metroprojekt’ (from Warsaw to the area behind the planned CPK hub) and a consortium of Egis Poland, Egis Rail and Jaf-Geotechnika (an extension of the line to Łódź).
In turn, the Łódź – Sieradz line is being designed by Egis, while the Sieradz – Kępno line by the BBF and IDOM consortium. The design of the route between Kępno and Czernica Wrocławska is being prepared by the MGGP and Voessing Polska consortium, while Systra is responsible for the Czernica Wrocławska – Wrocław section.