The Solidarity Airport, the extension of the Central Trunk Line northwards and the railway lines from Ostrołęka via Łomża to Giżycko, from the vicinity of Stalowa Wola to Rzeszów and from Milanów via Biała Podlaska towards Siemiatycze have been added to the EU's investment priorities for the coming years. This opens up further opportunities for Centralny Port Komunikacyjny sp. z o.o. to obtain EU funding.
The European Commission has published a draft of a new regulation which takes into account many of the Polish proposals for revising the Trans-European Transport Network. TEN-T includes Europe's strategic railways, roads, airways, maritime and inland waterways, as well as 'nodal infrastructure' such as airports and seaports plus road/rail terminals.
It's a great Christmas gift. In the European Commission's opinion, the key investments within the STH Programme should constitute priorities for EU investment policy, and their implementation should become Poland's contribution to the European transport system. This is very good news, which opens up the possibility for our company to successfully apply for further EU funds
STH spokes as an element of low-emission and environmentally-friendly transport are in line with the EU investment priorities. As for the airport part of the project, thanks to its inclusion in the TEN-T network, CPK sp. z o.o. will be able to apply for funding for safety and security, air traffic management systems, handling infrastructure and a railway station in the area of the terminal
The TEN-T core network includes the Warsaw-Łódź-Poznań/Wrocław high-speed railway line prepared by CPK sp. z o.o. (the so-called “Y”). The requirements are that the core network should be completed by Member States – using EU funds – by the end of 2030. This is in line with the Company's investment plans. According to EU plans, the Warsaw-Łódź-Poznań-Wrocław railway route is a part of the North Sea - Baltic European Transport Corridor. In the Company's investment plans, this is the “spoke” no. 9.
The European Commission has included the Central Trunk Line North (CMK Północ) in the category of Extended Core Network projects – with high priority in the allocation of EU funds – whose construction should be completed by 2040. This is the extension of the existing Central Trunk Line northwards prepared by CPK Sp. z o.o.: through STH to Warlubie as part of "spoke" no. 1. The route of the existing Central Trunk Line and its planned extension through STH is in line with the "Baltic Adriatic" core network corridor.
The good news also concerns "spoke" no. 7, being the Katowice-Ostrava section through Jastrzębie Zdrój with almost 90,000 inhabitants, currently the largest city in Poland without access to the railway network. This Polish-Czech cross-border project of the Company will become part of the Baltic - Adriatic corridor. It was also included by Brussels in the extended TEN-T core network.
The Company's success is that three sections of the STH, which are being prepared, have been included in the TEN-T comprehensive network,the aim of which is to reduce transport exclusion: > a section of "spoke" no. 3 through Mazovia, Podlasie and Masuria: Ostrołęka Łomża Giżycko > a section of "spoke"no. 6Łętownia - Rzeszów (a railway connector towards Podkarpacie) > the section: Milanów Biała Podlaska Fronołów (a fragment of the section connecting the largest cities of Eastern Poland: Białystok, Lublin and Rzeszów). According to the European Commission, the implementation of these tasks should be completed no later than in 2050. Here, too, there is no clash with the Company's plans, because according to the schedules, the longest of the railway investments od CPK sp. z o.o. will last until 2034.
This has been the second recent very positive signal from the European Commission, following the award of a record share of the CEF Reflow envelope to the STH. It is also a special commitment for our team, given that the TEN-T core network is to be completed by 2030
This month, the Company signed contracts for CEF funding. From this envelope, it has obtained around PLN 110 million for the construction project of the Łódź STH tunnel, which is already under preparation, and the preparatory works for the line between Warsaw, Sieradz and Poznań. In connection with the announcement of the call for CEF 2, the Company has already prepared applications for funding for projects with a total value of PLN 4.4 billion.
CPK sp. z o.o. is implementing a total of eight contracts for the preparatory works required by law – Feasibility Studies(FS). They concern the following railway sections: Warsaw - Łódź - Wrocław - Polish-Czech border, Katowice – Ostrava, Łętownia – Rzeszów, Zamość – Bełżec and Ostrołęka – Łomża – Giżycko, as well as the STH rail hub (in the area of the preferred location of the Solidarity Airport announced last week). In total, this means preparatory works for almost 1,000 km of new lines.
The Company is preparing the construction of a total of 10 railway spokes, leading from different regions of Poland to Warsaw and the new airport. In total, there are 30 investment tasks and nearly 1,800 km of new railway lines to be completed by the end of 2034.
The investments are prepared in cooperation with investors from the neighbouring countries, e.g. the Czech rail infrastructure manager Správa železnic (for the Katowice - Ostrava and Wrocław - Prague lines).
The TEN-T network of transport corridors connects nearly 450 cities with airports, ports and terminals across the EU.