Providing better rail services to Warsaw’s airport
Travellers using rail links between Warsaw and the city's main airport look set to benefit from improved services that will cut journey, thanks to a major construction and modernisation scheme.
The project is for the construction of a two-track rail link from Warszawa Służewiec station to the station at the city's Okęcie Airport. The new 1.99 km long track passes under a tunnel for part of the way and includes a sloped approach section from the existing No8 railway line to the terminal located at the airport. The scheme also provides for the modernisation of a 1.2 km long section of rail track on Line No 8.
Comprehensive work programme
In addition, the project covers reconstruction work at Warszawa Służewiec passenger terminal – including modernisation of the platform – and the construction and fitting-out of Okęcie underground railway station.
Other notable engineering work includes constructing the two-track tunnel, which will be 1 183 metres long and 15 metres wide, and building four reinforced platform buffers. The platform at Okęcie station will also extended.
An automated rail traffic management system will be introduced at Okęcie station along with a CCTV system. Meanwhile, information and time signalling equipment will be installed in the passenger terminals on the Warsaw West - Warsaw Okęcie section of rail line. Other work includes the laying of necessary telecom and power cabling, along with the installation of power supplies and alarm and safety systems.
When complete, the revamp and new line is expected to generate passenger journey time savings in 2012 worth 5 417 EUR million/year.
This is phase three of a wider modernisation programme. Phase one was for the completion of documentation, while phase two covered work on the section of rail line between Warsaw West - Warsaw Okęcie.
Total and EU funding
The project "Modernisation of railway line nr 8, construction of the new rail link to the Okęcie airport (from the station Służewiec to station Okęcie International Airport)" has a total eligible budget of EUR 69 988 221, with the EU's Coehsion fund contributing EUR 42 834 602 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.