Railway modernisation dramatically reduces journey times

The modernisation of over 100 kilometres of railway line between the Tri-City agglomeration of Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot and Warsaw is expected to increase the average train speed to 160 km/hour, delivering major time savings for passenger journeys and diverting freight from road to rail.

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The Tri-City area is made of the three cities of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot and their nearby towns. The agglomeration is home to more than a million inhabitants and has a lot of traffic, as both Gdansk and Gdynia are major international ports surrounded by an industrial belt. The city of Sopot is a popular resort that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The modernisation of two 50 km stretches of rail around Iława (Warmińsko-Mazurskie region) and Malbork (Pomorskie region) should increase the average speed between Tri-City and Warsaw to 160 km/hour.

Benefits for passengers and freight connections

The main beneficiaries of the project will be the current and future passengers from Tri-City and the Polish capital, Warsaw, with more than 2.5 million people in the greater Warsaw area able to benefit from faster connections. Moreover, those living next to the modernised stretches of railway line in Iława and Malbork will also benefit.

With an average speed of 120 km/hour for freight, the line will also improve freight connections and encourage freight operators to prefer the improved rail system over the road. It is anticipated that this will reduce road traffic and therefore reduce CO2 emissions from road transport in favour of the more environmentally sustainable rail option.

TEN-T Gdansk to Vienna

The project is not just a major improvement to Poland’s transport system, it is also part of the trans-European transport network - known as TEN-T - which provides an important North-South transport corridor through Central Europe for freight and passengers alike. The improved links between Warsaw and Gdansk should be fully completed by 2016.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Modernisation of railway line E 65/C-E 65 on section Warsaw-Gdynia, area LCS Iława, LCS Malbork” is EUR 560 009 497, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 238 035 734 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period, under the priority axis “Environment-friendly transport”.


Draft date

16/12/2014