Solidarity Transport Hub (STH) launched a EUR 1.5 billion tender for the rail design works on the development of the rail network between Warsaw and Łódź . This is the largest framework agreement for design works in Europe to date. Tenders can be submitted until 25 November.
The purpose of the tender is to select a group of contractors to whom the Solidarity Transport Hub company will be able to commission design tasks in a simplified procedure of executory procedures for eight years. The STH counts on the interest of specialist design offices from Poland and abroad.
The rail design works will include, elements of the central line of the new high-speed rail system, which will run from the capital to major cities in the west of the country. These include Warsaw – Solidarity Transport Hub – Łódź – Wrocław/Poznań, the extension of the Central Railway Line to the north of the country towards Płock, Włocławek and the Tricity and the new Katowice – Kraków line. It also includes sections running through areas that are currently excluded from transport – in the northern and south-eastern parts of the country, such as Masuria or the Bieszczady mountains.
The winner must deliver materials for environmental decisions, programme and spatial concepts, designs and studies for location decisions and property acquisition, building permit designs for obtaining building permits, detailed designs and documentation for selecting contractors of the construction works.
At the same time, the Solidarity Transport Hub company will have the possibility of ordering design services in various configurations depending on current needs covering design documentation of the entire investment process or only for selected design studies.
The tender procedure concerns a total of 29 projects divided into 82 sections which make up 2,000 km of railway lines to be completed by the Solidarity Transport Hub by the end of 2034. Among them there will be high-speed railway sections with a design speed of up to 350 km/h.
The railway investment programme of STH envisages the construction of 2,000 km of new high-speed railway lines leading from 10 directions to the new airport (the “Solidarity” Airport) and Warsaw. The estimated value of STH’s railway investments until 2034 is almost PLN 95 billion (EUR 20.35 billion).