“Kraków Metropolitan Area is growing and developing, having 1 million residents and 10 million tourists. It is obvious that the historic center of the capital of the region is unable to accept any more trams or to expand the bus lanes”, states Kazimierz Barczyk, Chairman of the Malopolska Provincial Parliament. In this context, Krakow authorities have applied to the Ministry of Infrastructure a bid to secure EU funds for the city’s first metro line. The city hopes to be able to obtain approximately 5 billion zloty (1.18 billion euros) from EU cohesion funds allocated to Poland for the years 2014-2020.
The 17 km east-west line would run from the industrial Nowa Huta district, through the city’s main railway station and on to the Bronowice district, with 8 km of the route running under ground. Approximately 20,000 people per hour could be transported according to current estimates. The entire line could cost about 11 billion zloty (2.6 billion euros). A PPP is also being taken into account.
Alstom has expressed its interest to participate in this project and provide half of the necessary investment amount. The solution proposed is Axonis, a turnkey light metro system, compatible with the existing railway lines, including the connection to the Balic Airport. The system has a short construction time (3-4 years from order to entry into service), has an operating speed of 80 km/h and it can carry up to 45,000 passengers. Trains will consist of 2-cars and 5-cars.