Poland’s Council of Ministers adopted the National Railway Programme, with a record volume of investment for railway projects. Under this programme, the authorities will launch railway projects will be co-financed by the European Commission.
PLN 67 billion (EUR 15.9 billion) will be invested by 2023 for railway infrastructure projects. With the adoption of this Programme, the railway infrastructure manager, PKP PLK, will launch this year tenders for projects worth PLN 11 billion (EUR 2.6 billion). These projects include tender for works on Warsaw – Lublin railway line, PLN 3.5 billion (EUR 830 million), Wroclaw – Poznan line, PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 356 million) and Warsaw – Poznan line, PLN 2.6 billion (EUR 617 million), where PLN 260 million (EUR 61.6 million) will be directed for works on Warsaw.
Other projects include the implementation of ERTMS and increasing the number of routes that support line speeds of 160 km/h, capacity improvement and gauge enhancement schemes as well as the implementation of measures to improve level crossing safety. For railway freight transport, the projects envisage the increase of capacity on railway lines that serve ports of Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin and Swinoujscie.
Some of these projects will be co-financing by the European Union under Connecting Europe Facility. This year, under CEF, EC provided PLN 7.5 billion (EUR 1.78 billion) for Polish railway projects.
‘This is an important day for railway transport in Poland. The Government’s decision is to run the financing of the historically largest number of investment projects, ‘ Andrzej Filip Wojciechowski, president of PKP PLK said.