PKP Polish Railway Lines and AŽD Praha signed a EUR 34.6 million contract (PLN 148.7 million) for the construction of railway traffic control devices and telecommunications network between Poznań and Wronki, as part of the next phase of Poznań- Szczecin line modernisation. The project received a EUR 28.45 million (PLN 122.3 million) co-financing through the Connecting Europe Facility.
The project envisages the construction and installation of rail traffic control devices, including the construction of a local control center in Poznań, ensuring greater level of safety and efficiency in rail traffic. As part of the project, a modern cable transmission network and radio communications will be built.
“PKP Polish Railway Lines S.A. signed the first contract for the so-called “Open interface”, an innovative approach for rail traffic control. The goal is to reduce traffic difficulties and costs and to maintain existing systems and devices supplied by various producers,” Arnold Bresch, Member of PKP PLK Management Board said.
The commencement of basic construction works is planned for the beginning of the fourth quarter of this year and are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020. The complete basic works by the end of 2020, PKP Polish Railway Lines already completed track works between Słonice and Szczecin Dąbie. Work began in June 2017 and ended in May 2018. Rails, sleepers and crushed stone were replaced on almost 100 km of tracks, under a EUR 32.5 million investment.
The contract for the design and construction of railway traffic control devices and railway communication equipment between Poznań and Wronki represent essential works on Poland’s important rail route from Wielkopolska to Western Pomerania. The modernization on the Poznań – Wronki and Słonice – Szczecin Dąbie sections (E56 Line) is one of the largest investments of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe, financed by the European funds under CEF.
For the modernisation of Wronki-Słonice section (75 km), the total needed investment is EUR 302.7 million, of which, EU allotted EUR 60.54 million (20%). The project should be completed by December 2022. The project envisages track works, the modernisation of 6 stations and 4 stops, modernisation of 5 existing rail viaducts and 20 platforms, including the modernisation of traction system, power supply systems, non-traction electric power equipment along an approximately 85 km section of the line.