Poland will invest over EUR 5 bn from the Infrastructure and Environment program 2014 – 2020 in developing railway transport, stated the Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Development, Sławomir Żałobka. In addition, Poland will receive approx. EUR 4.14 billion under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program.
In the 2014 – 2020 financial perspective, an amount of EUR 145 million will be allocated for the development of intermodal transport. On the trans-European (TEN-T) networks, 21 multimodal platforms will be built until 2020, in the areas of large urban agglomerations (e.g. Gdańsk, Gdynia, Szczecin, Świnoujście, Poznań, Warszawa, Wrocław, Sławków, Kraków).
In 2014, around 9.6 million tons of freight were transported via intermodal transport, 11 percent- increase compared to 2013. The number of companies providing intermodal transport services increased from three in 2005 to 12 last year. The largest operators are: PKP Cargo (47%), DB Schenker Rail Poland SA (21%), Lotos Kolej (19%) and CTL Logistics (4%).
At least 522 km of railway lines will be modernised and reconstructed, increasing speed and capacity, thus enabling rail to increase its competitiveness against other transport modes. The priority projects are:
– line CE 59 – Wroclaw Brochów / Grabiszyn Głogów-Zielona Góra-Szczecin Podjuchy sections (PLN 1 bn)
– E 59 Poznań Główny-Szczecin Dąbie section (PLN 2.2 bn)
– E 30 Kędzierzyn Koźle-Opole Zachodnie ( PLN 0,3 bn)
Deputy Minister mentioned that it is planned to also purchase new rolling stock and upgrade the existing rolling stock fleet.