Integrated public transport hub at Cracow Main Railway Station

A new main railway station in Cracow that integrates local and long-distance railway lines, the underground city tram system and the bus station was built, thanks to EU funding.

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" The lasting impact of the project will be the enhanced competitiveness of the Małopolskie region and the strengthened role of rail in comparison to other modes of transport. "

Monika Stopa, Head of Transport Projects, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development

The Cracow Main Railway Station is the first underground railway station in Poland and one of the most modern transport hubs in the country. The overall result of the project was enabling passengers to transfer more easily from inner-city journeys to suburban and long-distance routes.

The standard of the transport service now offered by the city has improved significantly, according to Monika Stopa of the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Development. "The new Cracow railway station is a modern example of how passenger nodes should be constructed. Within short distance it integrates different modes of transport making this historic city accessible," she said.

Improved passenger service

The project improved facilities for passengers by introducing 28 cashboxes, four ticket machines and three waiting rooms for passengers. At Cracow station two specially designed information points were installed, which allowed passengers to consult city and station plans, as well as to learn about the local attractions of Cracow.

Other improvements for passengers include increased disabled access, increased ventilation, shorter queuing periods, better equipped waiting rooms (including internet access) and improved transport information.

Improved accessibility

EU funding was essential for the implementation of the project, according to Ms Stopa. "Without it, it would have been difficult to realise the project in the period of time given and in the set scope." The project also has wider implications for the EU, she says. "It is located within the third Pan-European Transport Corridor linking Germany through Poland with Ukraine and contributes to the development of TEN-T lines."

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of Cracow Main Railway Station with integrated urban public transport” is 133 852 077 PLN (approximately EUR 33 350 000), of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing 59 984 159 PLN (approximately EUR 14 945 000) from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 period.

Draft date

09/10/2015