Expressway brings quicker journey times

The construction of a 47.20 km stretch of the S8 expressway between Wroclaw and Sycow in south-west Poland brings long-term benefits for motorists and the local economy.

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The scheme develops a safe stretch of road which should cut accidents rates while improving travel comfort. Increasing road capacity in the area reduces journey times for all road users. In addition, the expressway improves access to the region’s business locations, which will boost the local economy and make the area more attractive to investors.

Europe-wide benefits

The S8 forms part of the EU’s trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), a programme which aims to improve transport infrastructures across the continent. The objective of TEN-T is to ensure that people and goods can move quickly and efficiently in and between EU Member States. The expressway is on a TEN-T route which links Helsinki in Finland with Warsaw in Poland, through to Prague in the Czech Republic.

This project falls under the Operational Programme for transport and environment, which attracts investment from EU structural funds in order to improve Poland’s infrastructure. In terms of improving transport, funding was provided between 2007 and 2013 for the construction of about 600 km of motorway and more than 2 200 km of expressway. Funding is also available for the modernisation of Poland’s railway network and for the expansion of its eight main airports.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of a section of the S-8 expressway, from Wrocław (Psie Pole) to Syców” is EUR 286 515 040, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 196 274 875 from the Operational Programme ‘Infrastructure and Environment’ for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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