Rail connection between two of Poland’s big cities to receive major upgrade

The railway line connecting Warsaw and Łódź receives a major upgrading bringing increased safety and reduced journey times to users.

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Warsaw and Łódź are Poland’s largest and third-largest cities respectively with a combined population of about 2.5 million people. Both cities are located in central Poland. This project aims to modernise over 57 kilometres of railway linking these cities. In implementing this project, the standards required by the European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines (AGC), the European Agreement on Important International Combined Transport Lines and Related Installations (AGTC), Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and Transport Infrastructure Needs Assessment (TINA) will be met.

Thoroughly enhanced

The upgrade of this line covers different aspects. First there is an upgrade to the track system including subgrade, earthworks and drainage. Next the traction system and power supply is being upgraded which consists of constructing new substations, modernisation of track cabins and modernising the equipment and power generation installation to 1 kV (kilovolts).

In addition, traffic control is being overhauled with most traffic stations being equipped with up-to-date computers for the management of traffic. As part of this, a European Rail Traffic Management System/European Train Control System (ERTMS/ETCS) is being implemented to improve signalling, control and train protection.

Three bridges, three railway viaducts, two vehicle level crossings, two pedestrian underpasses and two culverts form part of the construction work, with some existing structures being retained and modernised such as level crossings, pedestrian underpasses and culverts. The environmental perspective is not overlooked so noise barriers and anti-vibration mats are planned as well as dry shelves for small animals.

Greater speeds with greater comfort and safety

As a result of these extensive works, current speed restrictions on the line will be lifted reducing the average journey time by 13 minutes (depending on type of train and number of stops). The new maximum speed limits will be 160 km/hour for passenger trains and 120 km/hour for cargo trains.

Safety of rail traffic will also be enhanced. The maximum axle load will be increased to 22.5 tons per axle. Industry will appreciate the improvements in cargo transport and freight operators, in particular, will feel the benefit. Inhabitants living along the train line will benefit most from the improved speeds, environment and safety. As mentioned above, this project will also bring the railway line up to the required standards. These works are one phase of an even larger project that will raise the bar for the entire Polish railway system.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project  “Modernisation of railway line Warszawa-Łódź, Stage II, LOT A, section Warszawa Zachodnia – Miedniewice (Skierniewice)” is EUR 516 784 607 with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 240 331 548 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority “Environmentally Friendly Transport” of the Operational Programme for Infrastructure and Environment.

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