A new express road to bolster the Trans-European Corridor

Wielkopolskie Province in Western Poland is the location for the new S5 express road that aims at improving conditions on the Trans-European Corridor for both national and transit traffic.

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Besides creating a useful link between both the A1 and A2 motorways, this project's principle objectives include improving road safety, creating better inter-regional links, diverting traffic from key cities, such as Poznań, Kostrzyn and Pobiedziska, and contributing to the wider generation of the region. In order to maintain traffic flow and reduce bottlenecks, works are also carried out on connecting national roads 5 and 92.

Wide ranging works

On top of constructing the actual express road and rejuvenating the two national roads, this mammoth task involves building seven road junctions, 31 engineering structures, six passenger service areas, an entire lighting system, bus stops and a road drainage system. In addition, environmental protection systems such as noise and safety barriers, and sewage treatment systems, as well as the installation of organisational and road safety equipment, are foreseen.

A long road ahead

In total, some 35.035 km of express roads is being constructed with approximately 6.5 km of national roads being rebuilt.  Annual value of time savings is estimated at EUR 24 864 422 for passenger vehicles and EUR 35 075 354 for commercial vehicles.

The project, part of the Trans-European Transport Network (the so-called TEN-T programme) is fully compliant with the European Directive on Road Infrastructure Safety Management (2008/96/EC). In addition, a road safety audit is scheduled to take place at the project's outset with additional national road safety inspections due to happen at regular intervals.

Finally, an impressive 5 055 jobs are expected to be created for the implementation of the project.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of expressway S5 section Gniezno - Poznań (junction Kleszczewo)” is EUR 314 257 360, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 215 980 414 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority “Road and air TEN-T network” of the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment”.


Draft date

23/05/2013