Rail line upgrade to reduce travel times

The modernisation of 39 km of railway line between Warsaw and Gdynia aims to reduce journey times for local and international travellers.

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This is one of five projects which form part of an overall programme to upgrade the Warsaw-Gdynia section of the E65 railway line. The objective is to encourage more people to use rail transport by providing quicker services. The modernisation will allow passenger trains to travel at maximum speeds of 160 km/hour and freight trains at 120 km/hour. It will also be possible to increase axel loads to 22.5 tons.

Work on this project will be carried out on two sections (13 km of railway line No 9 and 26 km of railway No 202) and will cover the modernisation of track, signalling systems, new platforms and an upgrade of power supply to the track network. Platforms at larger stations along the route will be extended to a minimum of 400 m. In addition, four level-crossings in Gdańsk Orunia will be replaced with upgraded versions.

Other improvement works will be carried out on bridges, pedestrian crossings, subways, road and rail viaducts, and culverts. The project will also provide noise barriers and vibration protection measures, including contactless rails, sleepers and anti-vibration mats. Railway drainage systems will be fitted-out so that they can allow small animals to move safely under the line. These drainage works will also protect sources of underground and surface water.

The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) – which is a Europe-wide standard for controlling trains – will be installed along the route by 2015 at the latest.

Major benefits

The modernisation will reduce journey times between Warsaw and Gdansk and provide villagers living alongside the line with a practical alternative to road travel. Completion of the five sub-projects should lead to time savings of EUR 32.4 million/year in 2014.

The overall upgrade programme will benefit travellers from Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as people making journeys from Scandinavia who access Poland through the ferry ports in Gdynia and Gdańsk. In general, the idea behind the scheme is to increase accessibility to Poland’s main economic centres.

The project is included in the "Master Plan for Railway Transport in Poland until 2030" and forms part of the EU’s trans-European transport network (TEN-T) programme. The TEN-T programme aims to improve transport infrastructures across the EU so that people and goods can move more efficiently across the continent.

Total and EU funding

The project “Modernisation of railway line E 65/C-E 65 on the section Warsaw-Gdynia, area LCS Gdańsk, LCS Gdynia” has a total eligible budget of EUR 300 457 318, with the EU’s Cohesion fund contributing EUR 129 102 699 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the “Environment-friendly Transport" priority of the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment”.

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