PKP Polish railway Lines and Torpol signed two contracts totaling PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 349.7 million) to improve rail access to Szczecin and Świnoujście ports in West Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The planned works envisages the reconstruction of 100 km of tracks, three viaducts and bridges, as well as the electrification of some sections. The construction works also include two railway stations, the Ostrów Grabowski container terminal in Szczecin port area, as well as the communication systems at Świnoujście port.
At Szczecin port, 61 km of tracks will be reconstructed of which 5 km in the port, 12 level crossings will be modernised and 177 turnouts will have electric heating devices. The works will increase the transshipment capacity of the Szczecin Port station, will ensure direct train to selected port areas.
The contract on the development of detailed designs and execution of construction works at Szczecin Central Port station has a value of PLN 936.6 million (EUR 218.34 million).
At Świnoujście port, 34 km of tracks will be reconstructed including a 2-km section in the port. 10 level crossing will be modernised and 108 turnouts will be replaced. Modern traffic control devices will be installed, which will increase the level of transport safety. The design and construction contract has a value of PLN 508 million (EUR 118.4 million).
After the works will be completed, the railway infrastructure will allow longer and heavier freight trains to and from the ports, increasing the freight flows by shortening the time of loading and unloading of goods.
The project for rail access modernisation at Szczecin and Świnoujście ports is funded by the CEF through a EUR 120 million grant, with EUR 141 million eligible costs.
The project is expected to be completed in December 2020.
We remind you that recently, PKP PLK awarded EUR 612.67 million contracts to improve the rail access at Gdansk and Gdynia ports. All these projects are part of the National Railway Programme and will allow the increase of freight traffic flow to and from ports, and railway transport market share.