Europe finances modern urban transport network in Warsaw
The Commission today adopted an investment package of more than EUR 448 million from the Cohesion Fund to finance the extension of line two of the metro in the Polish capital; there will be five new stations going from the west to the north-east of the city, passing through the districts of Wola, Bemowo and Targówek. The Commission also decided to invest more than EUR 127 million in developing the tram network in the districts of Ochota, Mokotow and Wilanów, home to 1.8 million people.
The Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, explained: "Thanks to the EU, Warsaw is in the process of building a modern transport network for the benefit of residents, tourists and local businesses. They will all benefit from a fast, comfortable and clean transportation system, better air quality in the city and new economic opportunities in the neighbourhoods it serves."
With regard to the metro, the works financed by the EU include the construction of almost 6 km of line and the purchase of 17 new carriages. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2022. The Warsaw metro currently consists of two lines. The second line, which opened in 2015, received financial support from Europe amounting to EUR 776 million. In January 2017, the EU also invested EUR 432 million in a second phase of works on line two. With regard to the tram network, the EU is financing the purchase of 50 vehicles and the construction of almost 12 km of line connecting the south-east of the city to Warszawa Zachodnia station, a major transport hub.