The TBM Faustyna has completed the first single-track Lodz railway tunnel on the route between Poland’s largest railway station Łódź Fabryczna, Łódź Kaliska and Łódź Żabieniec. The construction of the tunnel and three new stops will provide increased connections for long-dinstance, commuter and regional traffic. As a result, the trains will be able to travel through the city centre, on the east-west (Widzew-Fabryczna-Kaliska) or north-south (Żabieniec-Fabryczna-Widzew) axis.
The TBM drilled the first of four single-track tunnels with a length of 940 metres and a 8.5m diametre. In March and April, the same TBM will start drilling the second tunnel towards the Łódź Żabieniec station.
Currently, the TBM Katarzyna is boring a 2.7 km double-track tunnel from Stolarska Street to the Łódź Fabryczna station, of which 460m are already drilled.
The three stops will be integrated with public transport and will facilitate travel in the city and its metropolitan area. At the Łódź Śródmieście stop, constructed in the area of the intersection of Zielona Street with Zachodnia Street and Kościuszki Avenue, the structure of the buildings was reinforced, and the contractor has completed preparatory works.
The Łódź Polesie stop is built at the intersection of Ogrodowa and Karskiego Streets providing platforms at the level of approx. 24 metres below the street. Access will be provided by elevators and escalators.
At the Łódź Koziny stop situated at the intersection of Włókniarzy and Drewnowska streets, and the diaphragm walls of the external structure are being built.
The tunnel will have a length of 7.5 km with 3 km of two-track section and 4.5 km is the total length of the four single-track sections.
The cross-city tunnel is a project is a continuation of the modernisation of the Łódź railway junction which begun with the construction of the Łódź Fabryczna station. The investment will contribute to the creation of an effective system of national interregional connections, covering the region of Central Poland. The tunnel will open the Łódź Fabryczna station, which will be transformed from a final station into a transit station.
The Lodz railway tunnel project is part of the “Restoring the capacity of the Łódź Railway Junction (TEN-T), Stage II,” project which is co-financed from the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme. PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 332 million) is the value of the project of which the EU co-financing is PLN 1.4 billion (EUR 317.4 million).
In December 2017, PLK PLK signed an agreement with the consortium of companies comprising Przedsiębiorstwo Budowy Dróg i Mostów from Mińsk Mazowiecki and Energopol Szczecin for the design and construction of the cross-city tunnel.