Polish infrastructure manager PKP Polish Railway Lines (PKP PLK) has announced a tender for the modernisation of important railway lines in Silesia, part of Chybie – Żory – Rybnik – Nędza / Turze route. The value of the tender is PLN 500 million (EUR 115 million). The project will be financed under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (OPIE) 2014-2020.
The total length of the seven railway sections to be modernised ( lines no. 140, 148, 157, 159, 173, 689, 691) is 60 km. Works will include the modernisation of 30 civil engineering structures (bridges, viaducts, culverts), 17 stations and stops (Nędza, Sumina, Rybnik, Rybnik Gotartowie, Żory, Warszowice, Turze, Nędza Wieś, Jejkowice, Ciepłownia, Studzionka, Strumień, Dębina, Szymocice, Górki Śląskie, Szczejkowice, Piaski). Passengers will benefit from 18 renovated platforms.
The project also includes the modernization of the traffic control equipment, the reconstruction of railway crossings (installation of electric heating systems for turnouts), renewal of the overhead catenary, installation of noise barriers in selected areas.
The upgrading works are planned for 2016-2019.
PKP PLK plans the modernization of approx. 600 km of Silesia’s railway network. So far the company has allocated for this objective more than PLN 2.5 billion, and in the coming years plans to carry out investments PLN worth 9 billion.