Polish rail infrastructure manager, PKP PLK, launched a tender for 4 investment projects in Podlaskie Voivodeship with a total value of PLN 455 million (EUR 104 million). The tender concern construction works on the railway line from Białystok to Kuźnica Białostocka (Line no. 6), a border crossing to Belarus.
On Line 6, the modernisation works are planned for Białystok – Kuźnica Białostocka (state border) section, including the refurbishment of Wasilków, Czarna Białostocka and Sokółka railway stations. The total value of this project is estimated at PLN 352 million (EUR 80.6 million). Travelers will benefit from refurbished platforms equipped with new shelters and benches, as well as modern information system. Under the project, ETCS level 1 will be installed.
To increase the capacity, PKP PLK will modernise the Kuźnica Białostocka – Geniusze section (Line No. 57) and Bufałowo Wschód – Bufałowo (Line No. 923), a project estimated at PLN 99 million (EUR 22.67 million). The possibility of servicing a larger number of trains will enable investment work at the Kuźnica Białostocka state border. The project will include the installation of new tracks and 37 new turnouts. After the completion of the works the line’s parameters will be improved and will allow longer trains.
For an efficient train movement, at Geniusze and Sokółka stations additional tracks will be constructed. The restauration of Sokółka – Geniusze route, which was closed since 1992, will allow the construction of a transshipment terminal at Geniusze station. The value of the project is PLN 99 million (EUR 22.67 million) and works will be completed at the end of 2020.
By the end of this year, PKP PLK will invest EUR 2.3 billion (PLN 10 billion).
Currently, PKP PLK is implementing infrastructure projects with a value of EUR 6.9 billion (PLN 30 billion), half of the company’s total investment under the National Railway Programme, which envisages a EUR 15 billion (PLN 66 billion) investment for the modernisation of its railway network.