Budimex Budownictwo and PKP Polish Railway Lines signed a EUR 324 million (PLN 1.4 billion) contract for the modernisation of the Goczałkowice-Zdrój – Czechowice-Dziedzice – Zabrzeg line in Silesia.
“Thanks to this investment, the important Czechowice – Dziedzice Silesian railway node will be rebuilt. The project will improve the railway connection at regional and international level as well as between the voivodeships,” Ireneusz Merchel, CEO of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe, said.
The project envisages the replacement of 47 km of tracks and 56 km of overhead line, which will allow passenger trains to run at speeds of 160 km/h and freight trains to 120 km/h. The railway traffic control devices will be rebuilt at the Czechowice Dziedzice node and the new local control center equipped with modern systems will manage the traffic. The works will also include an over 150-meter bridge over the Vistula (between Goczałkowice and Czechowice-Dziedzice) and 22 other engineering structures.
Under the project, the platforms of the existing stations on Czechowice-Dziedzice section will be modernised and adapted to the passengers with reduced mobility, and renovation works will be performed at the Goczałkowice-Zdrój and Zabrzeg stops. The platforms will be equipped with modern visual information systems and monitoring system which will increase the security.
In addition, three level crossings will be reconstructed to increase the safety of passenger and freight transport.
This project is performed under the works on primary passenger lines (E30 and E65) within the Silesian Province, involving the first stage on the E65 railway line, LOT C Most Wisła – Czechowice Dziedzice –Zabrzeg section. The project represents the second part of execution of works within the global project, aiming for the modernisation of the Katowice – Zebrzydowice railway line. The modernised infrastructures will facilitate cross-border flows between Poland and the Czech Republic. The sections of LOT C will be adapted to the TEN-T speed and maximum axle requirements and standards.
EUR 111.7 million is the eligible cost of the project that received a EUR 95 million CEF funding.