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Thanks to the CPK, railway travels from Poznań and Kalisz to Warsaw will be faster. Today, the company has launched regional strategic consultations

The construction of high-speed lines from Poznań and Kalisz to the CPK and Warsaw will allow for significant reduction of travel times, e.g. from the capital of the country to the capital of Wielkopolska below 2 hours. So far, no line with operational speed of 250 km/h and more has been built in Poland. Regional consultations concerning its route have been held today in Poznań.

Today, the meeting with representatives of the CPK company was attended, i.a., by Voivode of Wielkopolska Zbigniew Hoffmann, Marshal of the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship Marek Woźniak and Vice President of Poznań Mariusz Wiśniewski. 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 Wielkopolskie Voivodeship, discussing the first concept as part of the started process of the so-called routing.

As emphasized by Government Plenipotentiary for the CPK Mikołaj Wild, this was the first of the planned meetings as part of the CPK railway investment arrangements with representatives of government authorities, voivodeship self-governments and town authorities.

The CPK concept makes an unusual impression and certainly it can be concluded that it is a civilisational leap. From the perspective of Wielkopolska, it means many changes, mainly in the area of railway infrastructure, which requires multi-level cooperation at different levels of administration. Therefore, such meetings as today are necessary and I am glad that we have successfully taken a substantive approach to the subject despite political differences

SAYS ZBIGNIEW HOFFMANN, THE VOIVODE OF THE WIELKOPOLSKIE VOIVODESHIP

For the City of Poznań, it is important to get acquainted with all analyses relating to the construction of the CPK. The issue of rail connections between the airport and other cities is important. First of all, it is necessary to adapt local and regional public transport to them. We hope that due to changes relating to the construction of the CPK, other investments in railway infrastructure in our region and other parts of Poland will not be affected.

SAYS MARIUSZ WIŚNIEWSKI, THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF POZNAŃ

We intend to consult the route of the planned railway lines, discuss transport needs of residents and local environmental conditions. Regional strategic consultations involving representatives of self-governments will be continued and their aim is to determine the optimum route of the lines

SAYS PIOTR MALEPSZAK, ACTING AS THE PRESIDENT OF CPK

As part of regional strategic consultations, the CPK company plans to organize meetings in other voivodeships. Once they are completed, he will carry out a location analysis as part of which the route of the railway lines will be presented. The next stage will be additional local social consultations on specific technical solutions proposed by CPK. What is important, the voice of local communities will also be taken into account when issuing the environmental decision, i.e. the document determining the route of a line.

In the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship, as part of the CPK Programme, the 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 stationsin less than one hour, which will significantly improve the communication availability of Wielkopolska.

In Wielkopolska, as part of the CPK Programme, first, line No. 85Warsaw – 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 nad Notecią – 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 (currently, 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 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.

In total, within 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. As part of the so-called zerostage, which should be ready before the CPK Airport achieves operational capacity, 140 km of new lines will be constructed 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 investment projects 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.

Piotr Malepszak Polska na dobrych torach Program Kolejowy CPK Regionalne konsultacje strategiczne STH STH SOCIAL COUNCIL Press Release
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