First contract signed for Warsaw – Poznan modernisation

On March 30, Polish rail infrastructure manager PKP PLK and Torpol have signed a PLN 800 million (EUR 189 million) contract for the modernisation of Swarzędzem – Barłogami rail section, as part of Warsaw – Poznan mainline. This is one of the three contracts that will involve the modernisation works.
Under the contract, 100 km and 111 turnouts will be modernised between Swarzędzem and Barłogami and it is planned to rebuild 7 bridges and 7 railway viaducts. In Konin will be created a modern local control center that will be responsible for traffic safe between Swarzędzem and Kołem.
The works will be launched in June and will be completed in 2019. During modernisation works, the regional traffic will be closed and will be replaced by buses. The long-distance rail traffic, on Warsaw-Poznań route will be directed to other routes.
The reconstruction will increase the capacity of the line and will allow up to 500 passenger and freight trains a day.
We remind that DG MOVE positively evaluated the modernisation of Warsaw – Poznan line, a project that was submitted under CEF 2015 Calls. The total costs of the projects is estimated at EUR 606 million (PLN 2.6 billion) and involves the modernisation of 230 km of track, 10 stations and other related works.

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