PKP SA has opened the new Krakow Main Station to passengers. It is located under the surface of the platforms and is one of the most modern hubs in Poland, combining underground tram lines, a car park, a bus station and – thanks to the railway connection – transportation to the Balice airport. The total surface area is 12,630.39 m2. Passengers can take advantage of 28 ticket counters and a Customer Service Centre, they can also enjoy the 3 lounges. The complex comprises a total of four levels – two above and two below ground.
“This station is part of significant investments planned for Poland in the following years” stated Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Development during the opening ceremony.
As pointed out in 2012-2014, approximately 1 billion zł (EUR 240 million) from national and EU funds will be invested for the construction and modernization of railway stations across the country.
“The new station in Krakow is one of the largest investments made by PKP SA. It is not only one of the most modern hubs in Poland, but it is also a signature of the city” said Jakub Karnowski, President of PKP SA.
The investment cost amounted to over 130 million zł gross. It was co-financed from EU funds under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (OPI&E no. 7.1-28, Operational Programme Infrastructure & Environment. Priority VII: Environment-friendly transport, Measure 7.1 Development of railway transport. Project total value: PLN 130,039,312. Additional funding: PLN 64,047,558.).