PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) has announced that work is progressing on the modernisation of Szczecin rail agglomeration by constructing new platforms which will increase travel comfort and provide better access to trains.
At the Szczecin Łasztownia stop, works related to the construction of the structure of platform no. 1 are being carried out. An elevator is under construction, which will provide better access to the railway for people with reduced mobility.After the formwork and reinforcement works on the platform are completed and the insulation is completed, the contractor will proceed to lay the platform slabs and pavement.
Outside the Szczecin Łasztownia stop, the contractor Trakcja is constructing the platforms at Szczecin Trzebusz stop (on Line No. 401), the Szczecin Żydowce stop (Line No. 273) and platform No. 2 at the Gryfino station (Line No. 273). Works at the Szczecin Podjuchy station (on Line No. 273) and the Goleniów Park Przemysłowy stop (on Line No. 401) are also planned to be completed.
On the railway line No. 406 towards Police in West Pomeranian Voivodeship, the contractor is carrying out works related to the construction of platforms at the stops Żelechowa, Drzetowo, Golęcin and Skolwin located in Szczecin rail agglomeration. The platforms at new and modernised stations and stops will be higher, which will make it easier for travelers to get on and off trains.
Sheds, benches and bicycle racks as well as new lighting will be installed. Orientation will be facilitated by boards with legible markings and display monitors with timetables. People with reduced mobility will benefit from guided paths, ramps or elevators.
On the railway line No. 406, works on the construction of tracks No. 1, 3 and 5 at the Szczecin Skolwin station were completed. Track works are progressing on Niebuszewo – Gocław and Skolwin – Police sections. On the route Szczecin Skolwin – Police, the piles for the supporting structures of the traction network have been removed.
The investment “Construction of the Szczecin Metropolitan Railway using the existing sections of railway lines No. 406, 273, 351” for over PLN 500 million (EUR 110.3 million) will ensure efficient railway connections in the Szczecin rail agglomeration and increase access to railways. It will be possible to travel quickly by train to the capital of West Pomerania and in neighboring towns. Travellers will gain more accessible platforms at 27 modernised or new stations and stops, including Szczecin Pomorzany, Szczecin Turzyn, and Police. The project which will increase travel comfort and provide better access to trains is co-financed by the EU through the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (OPI&E).
According to the submitted project to the Centre for EU Transport Projects (CEUTP) for phasing the project, the completion of all construction works is planned in the first half of 2025, while the required cartifications and approvals are expected to be obtained by the end of 2025. Works on the lines to Gryfino and Goleniów are planned by the end of this year, and in Szczecin Dąbie and Szczecin Zdroje by the end of 2024 with works on these two stations expected to be carried out after 2023, due to the construction of a railway bridge over the Regalica River involving the redevelopment of the 273-m three-span bridge worth PLN 340 million (EUR 75 million).
The project on the modernisation of Szczecin rail agglomeration started in 2019 covering a 23.7 km rail network, the reconstruction of 17 stations and constructuion of 10 new stops. The European Union previously announced that a EUR 126 million financing will be used for this project. The main objective of the project is to create a better connected and modernised network through the modernisation of the three railway lines in the city’s metropolitan area promoting sustainable transport. In addition, the project also covers the construction of new stops and park and ride facilities adapted to the needs of people with reduced mobility. When completed, the project will separate metropolitan rail traffic and freight transport through the construction of a second track (on Szczecin Główny – Szczecin Turzyn section) and the use of modern railway traffic control devices.
The modernisation and expansion of rail agglomerations are part of PKP PLK’s plans to improve transport and access to train services in metropolitan areas. In 2020, Poland’s rail infrastructure manager has awarded feasibility study contracts for the metropolitan rail systems in Warsaw and Lublin. In addition, Pomorskie Voivodship ordered new trains to deliver better transport services in Gdańsk area. Starting 2019, several contracts and agreements were signed to modernise and develop the railway network in cities’ metropolitan areas.
Under Priority V, the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment has a EUR 5 billion envelope designed for rail projects including the TEN-T lines, the urban rail projects and procurement and modernisation of rolling stock.