EUR 280 million infrastructure contract awarded in Poland

C-E 65 rail corridorPKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe and Porr have signed a contract for the design and build the Chorzów Batory – Nakło Śląskie rail section part of the railway line No. 131 on the C-E 65 rail corridor.

The contract has a value of PLN 1.24 billion (EUR 280 million) and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2024, taking 41 months of works.
“Over the past ten years, Porr has realised numerous key railway projects for PKP PLK. This tender award underlines the successful cooperation of everyone involved as well as our far-reaching expertise in the infrastructure sector. This technically demanding mega-project will add significant value to the backdrop for goods transport in this metropolitan region,” said Karl-Heinz Strauss, the CEO of Porr.

Under the contract, Porr will be responsible for the design and build of 23 km double track rail section on the mainline No. 131. Within the three-and-a-half-year construction period, Porr will realise a total of 77 km of rail track, 200 sets of points, 15 station platforms, 66 engineering structures, the control command and signalling, as well as the catenary system.

The modernisation of the C-E 65 rail corridor between Chorzów Batory and Zduńska Wola Karsznice will bring equal benefits for the transport of both goods and people. The works to modernise different sections on the route, which links the Polish regions of Śląskie and Łódzkie, will also deliver increased safety, reduced environmental impact of rail traffic and better disabled access for those with limited mobility by constructed new and adapted platforms at seven stations and stops.

The reconstruction of the Chorzów Batory – Bytom – Nakło Śląskie section will allow increased and efficient transport services from Silesia to the ports.

“The investment of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe between Chorzów and Nakło Śląskie increases the accessibility to rail travel in the Śląskie Voivodeship but is also important for the development of a vital freight route. Rail is becoming more efficient and environmentally friendly means of transport. We are building a safe, comfortable and more and more punctual railway,” the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Bittel said.

The reconstructed tracks will enable passenger trains to travel at speeds of up to 140 km/h, and freight trains up to 120 km/h.

The project is financed by the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (OPI&E). This year, the design works will be carried out, and construction is planned for 2022-2024.

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