Rail line to boost services in key Polish region

A new railway line looks set to improve passenger services and ease congestion in the busy Tricity urban area of northern Poland, which is formed by the cities of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot. The track also contributes to the development of a more efficient air and land transport infrastructure.

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The project is located in Gdańsk and the municipality of Zukowo in Pomerania province. The line runs through the city’s south-western districts and connects them to the Lech Wałęsa airport. Construction provides for 16 km of double-track, non-electrified railway line designed to carry diesel locomotives, plus all necessary engineering and technical infrastructure. The work allows trains to travel at a top speed of 120 km/hour.

Complete package

Half the new track is built on former railway lines, which means that section will not interfere with existing roads, pedestrian walkways or other developments. Eight passenger stations are being built as part of the scheme, along with bridges, viaducts, overpasses and pedestrian crossings.

The project also includes redeveloped traffic systems and infrastructure, the construction of a ‘Park and Ride’ interchange at Matarnia station, and the development of a technical and administration control centre. Because the line runs through urban and environmentally sensitive areas, the project provides noise barriers, crossing for animals and work to regulate watercourses.

The safety and protection of trains running on the line are ensured through deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and the European Train Control System (ETCS).

Major benefits

In recent years, the region has seen dynamic growth in air travel. The scheme addresses this factor: not only does it directly benefit people living in the Tricity area and the inhabitants of Pomerania province, it also provides better services to tourists and passengers using the airport in Gdańsk. The line’s train services should also encourage people to leave their cars at home, which will help to reduce congestion across the Tricity area.

It is hoped that the project will, in time, help to make the region more attractive to investors while enhancing economic and social cohesion.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Pomorskie Metropolitan Railway Stage I - revitalisation of ‘Kokoszowska Railway’ Phase II” is EUR 215 167 792, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 111 974 242 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project falls under the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment”, priority “Environmentally Friendly Transport”.

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