Infrastructure manager PKP Polish Railway Lines (PKP PLK) is preparing to launch tenders for the preparation of pre-project documentation for improving the rail connectivity of Gdynia, Gdańsk, Szczecin and Świnoujście Baltic ports. The total value of the projects related to the modernisation of rail and port associated infrastructure, including Bydgoszcz – Trójmiasto (Tri-city) PLK, is estimated at PLN 4 bn.
PKP PLK is currently implementing the PLN 370 million project “Improvement of the railway access to the Port of Gdańsk”. A sixfold increase in rail traffic volume is expected after modernisation of the railway line, allowing heavier trains and speeds of 100km/h. Works, carried out by Spanish company Dragados, in colaboration with Vias y Construcciones and Electren, include the modernisation of the 12 km long railway line 226 between Pruszcz Gdanski and Gdansk North Port, and the construction of a double-track bridge over the Martwa Wisla River.
In Q1 21016, PKP PLK plans to launch tender for preparation of pre-project documentation related to investments dedicated to rail freight stations and freight dedicated lines connections in the Port of Gdańsk: Gdańsk Port Północny (Gdańsk North Port) , Gdańsk Kanał Kaszubski, Gdańsk Zaspa Towarowa. The project is included in the National Programme for Railways and has been proposed for EU financing under CEF second call. Its total value is estimated at PLN 600 million ( PLN 490.7 proposed for CEF co-financing) and will be carried out during 2017 – 2020.
The company plans projects worth nearly PLN1.5 billion for 2017-2020, which include modernization, construction and development of railway infrastructure and investments in rail-port connectivity. The preparation of tender documentation for the selection of the design work for Gdynia, Swinoujscie and Szczecin ports is ongoing and the actual tenders will be announced at the end of Q1 and Q2 2016. Port projects, including railway lines modernisation were also proposed for financing under CEF.
After modernisation works estimated at PLN 850 million, rail access to the Port of Gdynia will comply with TEN-T standards (for freight traffic). The lines will also allow the operation of heavier 740m-long freight trains. The reconstruction of the traffic control system and construction of the Local Control Centre in Gdynia Port Rail Station will enhance safety and efficiency of railway traffic.
Reconstruction works worth more than PLN 600 million in Szczecin Port Centralny and Swinoujscie Port (about 38 km of lines) will include modernisation of the substructure and drainage, reconstruction of the traffic control system and telecommunications equipment, reconstruction of two railway viaducts, one railway bridge, electrification of lines in Swinoujscie commercial port area, construction of three 2 km-long tracks.
Modernisation works for lines 201 Maksymilianowo-Kościerzyna-Gdynia and 203 connecting Tczew and Kostrzyn railway stations are complementary to improving access to Port of Gdynia. The project is divided in two stages and its value is estimated at PLN 1.6 bn, funded under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment-POIiŚ). Its implementation is planed for 2018-2021.