The Polish Government Plenipotentiary for the Solidarity Transport Hub (STH, CPK), Marcin Horała and the Spanish Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalos signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of Polish high-speed rail transport in Poland.
The agreement was signed during the 13th Polish-Spanish Intergovernmental Consultations and in the presence of the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
“We perceive high interest of foreign entities not only as a possibility of exchanging the know-how, but also the confirmation of the correctness of the direction in which we are heading. The signed memorandum is a clear signal from the western partners that the STH is a necessary, cost-effective and very valuable investment for the entire Central and Eastern Europe,” Marcin Horała said.
The agreement specifically focuses on cooperation in the development of the Polish high-speed rail system. Spain is one of the world leaders in the development and administration of the high-speed rail system and Poland is interested in drawing on their experience in this area.
“This memorandum will strengthen the cooperation in the development of the high-speed rail network in Poland,” José Luis Ábalos said.
The Solidarity Transport Hub is a planned transfer hub between Warsaw and Łódź, which will integrate air, rail, and road transport. The development envisages the construction of Solidarity Airport located 37 km west of Warsaw and covering the space of 3,000 ha. The plan’s rail component covers the development of a 1,800-km high-speed rail network and the modernisation of 2,400 km of rail lines. The project includes comprehensive process to adopt the the finest HSR design standards, technical parameters and planning procedures, many of which will be implemented for the first time in the entire region.
“The STH already is creating new economical bonds for Poland. The memorandum paves the way to engage Spain in the exchange of know-how between two countries, and – on the other hand – to promote industries of both countries. For us it is a non-binding occasion to use over 30-year Spanish experience in the HSR industry, as well as to broaden our scope of best European technological solutions, which could support creation of the high-speed Rail in Poland,” Mikołaj Wild, the President of the STH said.