PKP Polish Railway Lines announced the tender for the modernisation of Wronki – Słonice, the last section on E59 Poznań – Szczecin line and the last project to be carried out on an important route from Wielkopolska to Western Pomerania. The contract is scheduled to be signed in January 2020 and the completion is expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The tenders for modernisation works include three railway sections: Wronki – Krzyż, Krzyż – Dobiegniew and Dobiegniew – Słonice. On the tendered route, 150 km of tracks and 160 km of traction network will be modernised. On the reconstructed sections, the level of safety will be increased by installing additional security devices at the level crossings. As part of the entire section of Wronki – Słonice, PLK they will modernize 29 rail and road crossings.
Within the project, 10 stations and stops will be modernised and adapted for passengers with reduced mobility. At Dobiegniew station, as part of the underground passage construction, elevators will be installed, which will be used by passengers with limited mobility. Modernized platforms will be equipped with sheds, benches and information systems as well as ramps to facilitate access to the platforms.
Currently, on the route from Poznań to Szczecin, construction works is underway on the section Poznań – Wronki including new tracks, the instalation of columns for the new traction network and the modernisation of the existing stations and stops. The greatest progress can be seen between Rokietnica and Szamotuły, where the pavement for the construction of new tracks is currently being strengthened and stabilized. As part of the modernization of the line, bridges, viaducts and culverts are also being rebuilt and repaired. The construction of platforms for Poznań Wola, Kiekrz in Baborówek and Pamiątków also continues.
The modernization of the E59 Poznań – Szczecin line, worth approximately PLN 4 billion (EUR 938.8 million), is one of the largest investment projects carried out by PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe in the current EU financial framework under the CEF.
The modernization of the line will allow trains to run at speeds of 160 km/h, providing fast and safe journeys between Wielkopolska and Western Pomerania.
The E59 line is also an important route for freight trains, which after the completion of all works will be able to carry a larger volume of goods, among others to ports in Szczecin and Świnoujście.