CPK received over PLN 7 million from the EU Connecting Europe Facility for the preparatory documentation for the construction of a 30-kilometre section of the railway line from the Polish-Czech border to Jastrzębie Zdrój. Today, the representatives of the Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy, the Centre for European Union Transport Projects and the CPK company have signed a cooperation agreement.
The project covers preparation of the design documentation necessary for construction of a new cross-border railway connection between the line Chybie-Żory, Jastrzębie-Zdrój and the Polish-Czech border crossing point.
The total value of the project is over PLN 14 million. It will, therefore, be half of the funds granted to CPK under the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
This is the first application for co-financing of the CPK Railway Programme under the CEF. The financial support obtained in the case of extensive competition of projects from other EU countries proves that the investment is needed and that Brussels looks favourably upon that.
The investment will contribute to the construction of the missing link of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and will allow for better railway communication between Poland and the Czech Republic.
The project implemented by the CPK company is an important element of the government Strategy for Responsible Development, which assumes the fight against transport exclusion. In the CPK Railway Programme, this section of the line is a fragment of the so-called spoke No. 7: CPK – Central Trunk Line (CMK) – Małopolsko-Śląski Node (WMŚ) – Katowice – Jastrzębie-Zdrój – border with the Czech Republic.
The investment has two dimensions – local and international. Local, as it will bring the railway to Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland’s largest and one of the largest cities in the EU without access to the passenger railway. International, as this section will be part of the European high-speed railway route connecting Katowice and Ostrava. Where is the place for CPK? The route is to be a fragment of one of ten CPK spokes, i.e. railway lines running to the transfer hub and Warsaw from different directions. Today, EU funds co-finance the first step of this investment, i.e. the preparation of documentation. We request that other railway connections running to the CPK be supported in the future.
This is the first part of the project that will cover the investment works on the section Chybie/Żory – state border. The value of this section is estimated at almost PLN 1.3 billion.
The tripartite agreement for the project “Establishment of a new comprehensive TEN-T network cross-border line linking the Katowice and Ostrava regions (stage I)” was signed by Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak, the Minister of Funds and Regional Policy, Joanna Lech acting as the Director of the Centre for European Union Transport Projects and the representatives of the CPK, President Mikołaj Wild and Piotr Malepszak, the Member of the Management Board for Railways.
In the current financial perspective 2014-2020, almost 60 cooperation agreements were concluded with co-financing from the CEF for investments to develop not only railway infrastructure but also road and air transport in Poland. From now on, the main beneficiaries of EU co-financing from the Connecting Europe Facility – the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA), Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PAŻP) and PKP PLK will also include CPK, which implements a project of strategic importance for Silesia
This is a very good message for passengers. Firstly, our investment will enable better railway communication between Poland and the Czech Republic, with which we, as a company, cooperate closely during preparation for the cross-border railway projects Katowice-Ostrava and Wrocław-Prague. Secondly, our line will enable Jastrzębie-Zdrój with nearly 90 thousand inhabitants to be connected to the long-distance network
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) was established to support the development of the Trans-European Network (TEN-T) in the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors. The total budget of the CEF in 2014-2020 is EUR 30.6 billion, of which PLN 24.2 billion was allocated for transport. These funds are intended to cover the construction of a clean, secure, smart and sustainable transport system and, therefore, most of the grants are allocated to railway investments.
The co-financing from the European Union budget for the development of preparatory documentation for the construction of a 30 km cross-border section of the railway line is another step to better communicate Poland with the Czech Republic. This is an example of how the EU funds help to strengthen the relations between the nations and economies of the EU Member States
The CPK Railway Programme assumes the construction of more than 1.6 thousand km of new lines (so-called railway spokes) running from 10 directions to the CPK and Warsaw. In parallel with the opening of the CPK Airport, the company assumes the launch of approx. 130 km of new high-speed lines on the route Warsaw – CPK – Łódź, on which trains are to run at a speed up to 250 km/h. The assumed travel time from Warsaw to the CPK is 15 minutes and from Łódź – 25 minutes.