Modernisation of E 65 railway line brings greater accessibility and improved passenger safety

Improvements to Poland’s railway network between Warsaw and Gdynia are bringing benefits to commuters and visitors alike. The scheme will upgrade the country’s transport access and generate better and safer connections to neighbouring countries, benefiting the economy.

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A series of infrastructure projects aim to modernise and improve the Polish rail system, with a focus on upgrading the interoperability of a key 351 kilometre stretch along the Warsaw-Gdańsk and Gdańsk-Stargard Szczeciński corridors. As a result, residents will benefit from more regular train service and better connections with neighbouring rail systems in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Scandinavian countries.

The scheme not only improves the efficiency of rail service along the Baltic/North Sea corridor, but also increases the system’s safety. Work is being completed in two stages, with improvements including the installation of modern rail traffic management systems, addition of global communication systems, installation of remote control overlays, and modernisation of the traction power supply.

The entire project will save EUR 30.9 million per year in travel time for residents living near the improved line, as well as for those traveling along the line from other destinations. The rail line is part of the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network, and forms part of the pan-European corridor (TEN-T network).

Improving regional competitiveness

The project is an important investment for both Poland and Europe as a whole. The modern rail lines will improve the competitiveness of trans-European railways against other forms of transportation. More so, the enhanced regional connections they bring will attract more businesses and visitors, thereby strengthening the Polish economy.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Modernisation of the E 65/C-E 65 Railway Line, section Warsaw - Gdynia – remote control overlay, train fault detection system, ERTMS/ETCS/GSM-R and traction power supply” is EUR 306 685 615, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 199 470 318 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “Environment-friendly transport”.

Draft date

27/05/2015