The Polish railway infrastructure manager, PKP PLK, started a new round of discussions with local governments on initial planning and forecasting studies for the implementation of Kolej Plus programme which entered the second phase.
76 projects which are eligible for the stage two of the railway programme, and three applications were withdrawn by the applicants. Out of the selected projects, 65 projects are at the stage of preparation for the announcement of a tender procedure for a preliminary planning and forecasting study. The local authorities are currently preparing description of the subject of the contract. The tender procedure is underway for 11 projects.
In addition, for 38 projects the local governments have already secured funding for the development of preliminary planning and forecasting studies in the budget for 2021. The local governments are actively involved to implement the projects submitted to the new programme.
In the second stage, the local governments will have to prepare an initial planning and forecast studies in 12 months. In order to develop a uniform standard of the concept, the local authorities will work on the tender documents provided by PKP PLK the investments.
In addition, the applicants will obtain the necessary documents, opinions and conclusions from public consultations.It will also be important to submit a document confirming the security of financing at least 15%.
This Kolej Plus programme is planned to be implemented by 2028, focusing on the increase of rail attractiveness in Polish regions and on the delivery of rail transport connections to towns with a population of more than 10,000 inhabitants that have no access to railway transport connections to the regional capital cities. The strategy is carried out under the Ministry of Infrastructure aegis and has a total value of PLN 6.6 billion (EUR 1.47 billion). The state budget will provide PLN 5.6 billion (EUR 1.25 billion) and about PLN 1 billion (EUR 223.46 million) will be covered by the local governments.