PKP Polish Railway Lines announced that the major works on the first of three new bridges over the Vistula River are finished in Krakow, with trains running along new tracks on Kraków Główny – Krakow Płaszów section. The construction of the bridges is part of Kraków diametral line project, being the largest rail constuction in south Poland.
Three new different sizes railway bridges will be constructed in Kraków nad Wisłą (is located in the Podgórze district of Kraków). Extreme arches of the bridge over ul. Podgórska and Zabłocie are already in their place and on the boulevards, the final designs of the bridge supports are prepared, which will replace temporary supports in the river.
The construction is focused on the main 116-meter span of the bridge, located directly on the river’s current. The assembly of a few-tone steel elements of the arch requires a special crane with a crane, with a range of 84 meters and a lifting capacity of 500 tonnes. After the assembly is completed, the contractor will proceed to construct the tracks.
“Thanks to Kraków diametral line project, the agglomeration will develop, and it will be easier to travel in Poland and Europe to and from the capital of Lesser Poland. Will be created, among others two new comfortable stops Kraków Złocień and Kraków Grzegórzki,” said Ireneusz Merchel, President of the Board of PKP PLK.
Under the project, 50 km of tracks and the traction network will be modernised, and 200 new turnouts will be installed. Improving road traffic and opening space in the city center from ul. Kopernika to ul. Miodowa will be provided by a new 850-meter flyover.
After the first new track will be installed, trains will use the new line by the end of this year. The main construction works on the mid-section will be completed in 2020.
EUR 232.6 (PLN 1 billion) is the total investment and is part of project “Works on the E30 railway line, Kraków Główny Towarowy-Rudzice section, including the construction of metropolitan line tracks”. The project is financed under the 2015 CEF Transport calls, with EUR 195 million coming from the European funds.