The European Commission has approved two investments of €250.7 million from the EU Cohesion Fund to modernize Poland’s railroads and boost competitiveness in the country’s rail sector. The investments are aimed at upgrading the rolling stock on European Priority routes – “TEN-T corridors” – across Poland. These investments will provide commuters and visitors with vastly improved travel conditions: more safety, comfort and well as shorter journey times and an overall better service.
With the first investment 20 trains will be bought and operate as trains of TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe) category along the following trans-European transport (TEN-T) corridors: on the Poznań – Warsaw section of the North Sea-Baltic Core Network Corridor; on the Warsaw – Działdowo, Bydgoszcz – Gdynia, Zawiercie – Katowice and Idzikowice – Psary section of the Baltic Adriatic Core Network Corridor and on the lines Szczecin – Poznań and Psary – Kraków which are also part of the TEN-T network. The European Union financed through the Cohesion Fund, financed EUR 185.5 million out of a total investment of EUR 285.2 million. The project has started in November 2013 and is expected to be finalised by end 2015.
With the second investment 150 passenger carriages will be upgraded and 10 vehicles for cleaning of carriages and maintenance will be bought in order to increase competitiveness in the rail sector and improve the quality of services on the TENT-T line Przemyśl – Szczecin line via Rzeszów – Crakow – Katowice – Opole – Wrocław and Poznań. The European Union, through the Cohesion Fund, will finance €65.2 million out of a total investment of €100.3 million. This financing decision concerns the second phase of the project. The project has started in June 2013 and is expected to be finalised in September 2015.