PKP Polish Railway Lines has published a tender for infrastructure construction works in West Pomeranian ports.
The “Improvement of railway access to seaports in Szczecin and Świnoujście” project is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility. Under the second CEF calls, PKP PLK received EUR 122 million to improve rail access to the Szczecin and Swinoujscie sea ports. The total value of the project is EUR 143.7 million.
Thanks to the reconstruction of Szczecin Port Centralny and Świnoujście stations, both ports (Szczecin and Świnoujście) will be able to service longer trains, and the freight carriers will increase their capabilities by shortening the time of loading and unloading of goods. Thus, ports will be able to handle much more cargo, which will increase the competitiveness of freight transport.
The construction works envisage the reconstruction of the stations and their railway infrastructure, as well as the Ostrów Grabowski terminal situated in the area of the Port of Szczecin, and the constructionn of new tracks in the area of Port of Świnoujście.
According to the project, the planned works include the reconstruction and electrification of 160 km of tracks, 3 viaducts and a bridge. In addition, the rail traffic control devices will be replaced, increasing the safety of rail freight transport. Similar works for 5 km of tracks will be executed in the area of the Ostrów Grabowski container terminal.
At Świnoujście Port, it is planned to build three delivery and receiving tracks with a length of 2 km. The new tracks will allow efficient goods handling process in the ports. As a result, the punctuality and speed of trains will increase, which will increase the competitiveness of rail freight transport.
By 2020, PKP PLK intends implement a rail access programme to the ports of Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin and Swinoujscie, which is part of company’s EUR 934 million (PLN 4 billion) programme to improve rail access to the Baltic Sea.
For Ports of Gdynia, Szczecin and Swinoujscie, PKP will invest PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 350 million) until 2020 for the modernization, construction and development of railway connections between these three ports. All these projects are financed through CEF.