New motorway to bring social, economic and environmental dividends

The construction of a new stretch of motorway in central Poland will improve traffic flows, reduce journey times, and cut accident rates. Local people and those travelling from further afield are set to benefit from this huge scheme, which will also reduce pollution levels and provide a boost to the region’s economic competitiveness.

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The goal of this project is to build a 144 km section of the A1 toll motorway between Toruń (Czerniewice interchange) and Łódź (Stryków interchange). The route links the region of Pomerania in the north to the Silesia region in the south. (This particular section will connect with other stretches of the A1 at Gdańsk-Toruń in the north and Stryków-Pyrzowice to the south).

In addition to constructing a major section of motorway, the scheme will provide nine junctions and eight toll stations. Other structures to be built include 41 crossings (17 of which are for animals), 75 flyovers, 30 motorway flyovers, ten crossings for agricultural vehicles and eight motorway bridges. The project will provide two motorway service centres and a number of passenger service areas. Various environmental protection installations will be provided including a drainage system, noise barriers and green spaces. The project also includes plans to reconstruct about 5.6 km of national roadway.

Big savings

The work is expected to provide time savings for passenger transport equivalent to a value of EUR 334 840 279 per year; and time savings for freight transport equivalent to a value of EUR 67 906 031 per year. Every day, in its first year of operation, the new stretch of motorway is expected to carry about 18 300 private vehicles, 2 000 commercial vehicles, 1 300 lorries, 5 900 lorries with trailers, and about 280 buses.

Once complete, the project should cut average journey times between Toruń and Łódź by 97 minutes. The new motorway is also expected to help reduce traffic accidents on the entire road network by about 81 incidents (0.61 %) during its first year. In addition, the motorway will help to cut traffic density on existing national and regional roads. It will also draw heavy traffic away from residential areas thereby reducing environmental problems caused by noise and pollution.

Improving connections

The project is expected to improve connections between Polish regions while boosting accessibility to the road network for a variety of local and regional users. It will also strengthen the economy and competitiveness of the Kujawsko-pomorskie and Łódzkie regions.

The A1 motorway sections also form part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) axis which links Gdansk and Brno to Bratislava and Vienna. TEN-T is backed by major EU investment and aims to improve transport infrastructure in order to provide speedy and efficient connections between Member States.

When complete, the Toruń – Stryków section of the A1 will become property of the Polish National Treasury. Until a decision is taken on the toll station system, the road will be managed and maintained by the General-Directorate for Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA). The project is expected to generate more than 25 500 jobs during implementation and 205 posts once the road is opened.

Total and EU funding

The project “Motorway A-1 section Toruń – Stryków” has a total eligible budget of EUR 1 874 804 675, with the EU’s Cohesion fund contributing EUR 1 253 497 030 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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