PKP Polish Railway Lines (PKP PLK) and the Center for EU Transport Projects have signed a grant agreement worth more than PLN 6.3 billion for seven rail infrastructure projects with an estimated total value of PLN 8.1 bn. The grant have been awarded under the first call for Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding, for 2014-2020 infrastructure projects.
More than 570 km of lines will be modernised, marking rail journeys between major cities in Poland shorter and more comfortable. Poland ranks second after Germany in the top of EU countries with the largest funding awarded under the 2014 call for Connecting Europe Facility for rail infrastructure projects.
“The signing of the agreements is another important step in the implementation of CEF projects. Investments on important lines will improve passengers services and will shorten travel times, among others, from Wroclaw to Poznan, CMK, Poznan to Szczecin, and will also improve journeys on the agglomeration rail networks , eg. Warszawa – Grodzisk Mazowiecki” , said Ireneusz Merchel, President of PKP Polish Railway Lines SA.
The projects receiving CEF funding are:
- Works on the E59 railway line on the Wroclaw-Poznan section, stage IV, border of Dolnoslaskie Voivodeship-Czempin section –
- Works on the E75 railway line Sadowne-Czyżew section, along with the remaining works on the Warsawa Rembertów-Sadowne section
- Works on the E20 railway line, Warsaw-Poznan section – remaining works, Sochaczew-Swarzedz section
- Works on the E59 railway line, Poznan Glowny–Szczecin Dabie section
- Works on Warszawa Wlochy–Grodzisk Mazowiecki (line no. 447) railway line
- Improvement of safety on the Central Railway Line
- Works on the Warsaw ring railway (section Warszawa Golabki/Warszawa Zachodnia–Warszawa Gdanska
PKP Polish Railway Lines SA hopes to obtain over PLN 7 bn for ten projects submitted for second CEF call. Projects aim to modernize Warsaw – Bialystok (section Czyżew – Bialystok), Krakow – Katowice, Siedlce – Terespol, Wroclaw – Zgorzelec (electrification) rail sections and to improve of rail access to seaports.