New railway lines to the STH. The Polish nationwide consultations will start at the beginning of February
TheStrategic Location Study (SLS) of the Solidarity Transport Hub is a new stage in the planning process of the STH Railway Programme. This is a milestone as part of the preparations for construction of more than 1,600 km of new lines, comprising 12 routes, of which 10 basic ones are the so-calledspokes connecting individual regions of the country with the STH and Warsaw. The presented corridors will be the basis for further study and design works. The SLS contains railway maps, which, once printed, occupy the area of 70square metres.
In April last year, during the press conference at the Łódź Fabryczna station, we presented the assumptions of the STH Railway Programme and the amendment to the regulation containing the list of railway lines of national importance, adopted by the government. We have kept our word: today we are showing to the Poles the Strategic Location Study for 10 “spokes” and a detailed plan for the construction of over 1,600 km of new railway lines. The Solidarity Transport Hub is the heart of the Government’s Responsible DevelopmentPlan and its priority. I am convinced that the STH will be the driving force for the entire Polish economy.
Within each of the railway line corridors presented today,options of the route of a given line are presented. – They are indicative. The final route for each of them will depend, among others, on the results of public consultations, environmental surveys and detailed technical conditions.
The new STH planning study can be consulted from now on at the websitewww.cpk.pl. The consultation form will be made available in that place at the beginning of February to enable all interested parties to submit their proposals to the document prepared.
We will examine each proposal thoroughly, considering its validity and feasibility. This is another stage of the STH dialogue on large investments necessary for Poland, following the RegionalStrategic Consultations completed last year.
The STH airport and railway investments are part of the government Strategy for Responsible Development. In addition, in April last year, the government adopted a regulation under which new track sections along which trains will get to the STH and Warsaw were included in the list of railway lines of national importance.
According to the assumptions of the investments under preparation, a travel by train from the capital to the new Solidarity Airport will take 15 minutes and from Łódź – less than 30 minutes. We will get to Warsaw from Wrocław and Poznań within less than 2 hours, and e.g. the travel time between Kraków and Katowice will be reduced to only 35 minutes.
Among the planned STH investments, there is a new hub airport for Poland and Central and Eastern Europe as well as a network of new railway lines (including High-Speed Rail sections) which are to connect Warsaw and the STH with most of the largest towns of Poland within no more than 2-2.5 hours.
Each of the 10 “spokes” leading to the STH will consist of new track sections and renovated or modernised parts of the existing infrastructure. The construction will be the responsibility of the Solidarity Transport Hub company and the modernisation will be the responsibility of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe.