Infrastructure manager PKP Polish Railway Lines (PKP PLK) plans to intensify the modernisation works of all freight dedicated lines, aiming to increase transport speed and to eliminate limitations and axle load restrictions. In addition, the company will carry out rail connectivity projects for the Polish Baltic ports of Gdynia, Gdańsk, Szczecin and Świnoujście. Investments will include extensive reconstruction of the port stations, aiming to adjust their infrastructure according to the type of cargo handled and to increase capacity.
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.
The main bridge is 122 m long and almost 15 m wide. Its steel structure, supplied by Polish company HUTA POKÓJ , weights over 2 000 tonnes. The assembly works for the main bridge is expected to begin in Julay and last for about 21 days.
The entire investment project is be complete by August 2016.
According to PKP PLK, the pre-design documentation has already been drafted for “Improving rail access to the port of Gdynia” and “Improving rail infrastructure access to the port of Gdańsk” projects. These are to are to be financed under the CEF (annex I, projects for Baltic – Adriatic corridor: Gdynia, Gdańsk: ports – port interconnections, (further) development of multimodal platforms.
The feasibility study and environmental impact assessment report for “Improvement of the rail access to sea ports in Szczecin and Świnoujście” are ready. Rehabilitation works are planned for the years 2017 – 2020. Financing under CEF, annex I, projects for Baltic – Adriatic corridor: Świnoujście, Szczecin: port – port interconnections.
___ investments planned for the period 2014 – 2020*Source: The role of the railway infrastructure in transport on the Baltic – Adriatic axis, Maria Perkuszewska, PKP PLK S.A., Vienna, 2014