Poland received from the European Commission, under the Cohesion Policy, EUR 880 million for two railway projects which are expected to be completed at the beginning of 2023, promoting railway as a clean and competitive transport mode in the country.
“Seamless railway connections for passengers and freight will boost territorial cohesion in Poland while ensuring better quality of air in the country in the long run. This is another Cohesion Policy success story,” Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy, Enlargement Negotiations and Regional Policy, said.
EUR 838 million will be provided for the modernisation of the railway connections between Śląskie and Łódzkie. Under this project, a 214.5 km line will be modernised on the railway corridor between the towns of Chorzów Batory and Zduńska Wola Karsznice, situated on the Trans-European Transport Network. This will improve services for both freight and passengers, with increased safety and better access for people with reduced mobility.
The project includes replacing the track surface and reinforcing the ground underneath it, along with the modernisation or construction of bridges and viaducts. Overall, this EU investment will reduce travel time for cargo transport by 37 minutes and by almost half an hour for interregional passenger transport.
EUR 43 million will be allotted to improve the Poland’s freight transport services. This will help buy more than 930 platform wagons for transporting containers by railway. These wagons will serve 91 routes between maritime and land terminals, across the country. The aim is to shift freight transport from road to rail in order to cut carbon emissions and increase road safety by reducing the number of trucks on the roads.