PKP Polish Railway Lines has presented the Master Plan for the railway transport in Warsaw agglomeration which envisages new stops, the extension of railway lines, more frequent train services and efficient rail freight transport connections.
“The changes in Poland’s railway transport include agglomerations. The goal is to provide residents and travelers efficient and integrated connections. Thanks to the already implemented and planned PKP PLK investments in the Warsaw agglomeration the railway links are more comfortable, fast and accessible,” Andrzej Bittel, the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Infrastructure, said.
The company carried out comprehensive analysis of the railway infrastructure in the area of the Warsaw Railway Junction. Detailed research covered the city and sections of the line within a radius of about 100 km from the capital. The increase in the number of inhabitants, the inefficiency of road systems, the need to reconcile agglomeration, regional, long-distance and freight traffic and the need to adapt the lines to the real transport needs have been taken into account. Conceptual track systems of lines and stations were also developed.
The Master Plan includes the reconstruction of the diametral railway links to Warszawa Zachodnia and Warszawa Wschodnia stations, which will provide greater opportunities for efficient long-distance and agglomeration connections. The number of passing trains will increase significantly, which means better travels for the residents of Warsaw and passing by rail through the capital. In addition, the installation of new control devices will increase the level of security.
Under the plans, underground passage between Central Warsaw, Warsaw Śródmieście and the metro system will facilitate the rail and public transport services.
To provide efficient and comfortable travel services, new stops will be created from the city to Solec (a neighbourhood in Śródmieście) and Targówek (a district in northern Warsaw) on the Warszawa Wschodnia – Gdańsk route. The new stops will increase the role of public transport of Warsaw and its agglomeration.
It is planned to quadruple the exit lines from the Warsaw Transport Hub, in particular: Warsaw – Otwock, Warsaw – Legionowo, Wołomin – Tłuszcz, Warsaw – Sulejówek Miłosna, Warsaw – Piaseczno. These extensions will increase the number of trains to 10 in one hour and will allow the possibility of implementing a regular timetable of passenger trains.
The plan also involves the construction of new lines such as Warsaw Choszczówka – Nasielsk – Kątne, Warszawa Wschodnia – Zielonka, Warszawa Zachodnia – CPK – Łódź and modernization of the line to Konstancin Jeziorna.
The Master Plan for railway transport in the Warsaw agglomeration indicates the need to build a new diameter line after 2027 and the only possible route is Warsaw Wileńska/Warsaw Gdańsk – Warsaw Główna/Warsaw Służewiec.
The new infrastructure system will ensure freight trains to run without wasting time due to the limited capacity. The number of tracks and their equipment will be adapted to the needs of handling sidings, cargo terminals and logistic centers of the Warsaw agglomeration.