Poland to modernise its rail connection with Belarus

PKP Polish Railway Lines signed with Intop – Torkol – Rajbud consortium a EUR 32.3 million (PLN 138 million) for revitalization of railway line No. 59, state border – Chryzanów (S) section in Podkarpackie voivodeship. The railway will provide transport link in country’s eastern border with Belarus, at Siemianówka border station.
The contract comprises two components. One includes the modernisation works on the state border – Chryzanów section, which has a value of PLN 69 million (EUR 16.14 million) co-financed from the Regional Operational Program of the Podlaskie Voivodeship. The second component envisages the reconstruction of the Siemianówka – Swisłocz section, which is entirely financed from the state budget and its value is also nearly PLN 69 million (EUR 16.14 million).
“Thanks to investments at the border crossing in Siemianówka area, the economy of the region will be developed, and the role of Podlaskie Voivodeship in Poland’s transport map will increase. This project will allow more trains on the route to and from the eastern border, attracting more customers,” the Voivode of Podlasie, Bohdan Paszkowski, said.
The project consists of track replacement on 20-km section between border of the state and Chryzanów (S), allowing longer and heavier trains (up to 1,050 meters). More trains will travel across the eastern border thanks to modern traffic control devices and the construction of a semi-automatic line lock. Safety will increase.
13 engineering structures, including 6 bridges, will be modernised and 12 road-rail crossings will be replaced.
At Siemianówka station, the control center will be reconstructed and equipped with modern digital devices and a new control room will be constructed at Zabłotczyzna station.
The transshipment point at Siemianówka station will see 11 km of new wide – gauge tracks and 5 km of European gauge section. New railway traffic control devices will be installed on the tracks
The project will improve rail freight transport services, with an increased number of longer and heavier trains across the eastern border.

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