The European Commission has approved an investment of 202.9 million euro from the Cohesion Fund (CF) for five major transport projects which will modernize and significantly improve railway transport in the regions Sląskie, Opolskie and Kujawsko-Pomorskie. They are all financed with the Polish operational programme “Infrastructure and Environment”, under the priority “Environment-friendly transport”.
All investments aim to modernise railway in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way and will provide commuters and visitors with improved travel conditions, higher comfort and shorter journey times. Total costs for the five invesments is 413.7 million euro.
The project in the Sląskie and Opolskie regions involves the revitalisation of 60 km of the railway line section Częstochowa – Fosowskie. The project will entail renovating or upgrading track subgrade and structures, turnouts, platforms, track crossings, level crossings, civil-engineering structures, lighting installations, signalling equipment and control‑command systems, as well as the overhead and power supply lines. It is expected to be finalized by June 2016. The European Union, through the CF, will finance EUR 48.2 millionout of the total investment of EUR 85.7 million.
The project in the Opolskie region involves the modernisation of 35 km of the Błotnica Strzelecka – Opole Groszowice section of railway line No 132 and the upgrading of the viaduct at km 67,918. It is expected to be finalised by February 2015. The main benefit of this investment is shorter journey times on this section. The European Union, through the CF, will finance 39.4 million euro out of a total investment of EUR 60.8 million.
The project in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region involves the renovation or upgrade of track subgrade and structures, turnouts, level crossings, track crossings and a viaduct as well as dismantling a redundant track and associated power supply lines on 51 km. The project is expected to be implemented by November 2015. The European Union, through the CF, financed EUR 28.1 million out of a total investment of EUR 53.9 million.
The project in the Slaskie region concerns the upgrading of railway lines Nos 1, 133, 160, and 186 along the Zawiercie – Dąbrowa Górnicza and Ząbkowice – Jaworzno Szczakowa sections over a total length of 68 km. It is expected to be finalised by April 2015. The European Union, through the CF, financed EUR 71.8 million out of a total investment of EUR 115.4 million.
The project in the Opolskie and Slaskie regions involves the regeneration of the 69 km long section Kalety – Kluczbork section of line 143 Kalety – Wrocław Mikołajów. The main benefit of this investment will be higher speed and shorter journey times. The project is expected to be finalised by April 2015. The European Union, through the CF, financed EUR 63.6 million out of a total investment of EUR 97.9 million.