Rail network revamp promises greater comfort and improved capacity

Railway commuters in northern Poland’s Tri-City metropolitan area are set to enjoy improved services thanks to a scheme that modernises both railway line infrastructure and rolling stock. Work to revamp and extend the Rapid Urban Railway, which serves the cities of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot, will also allow the operator to cater for increased demand over the coming years.

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The project addresses investment needs at several existing stops and stations, along with the need for new signalling systems and the upgrade of 22 electronic traction units. Also included in the programme of works is a 1 km double-track extension of line 250 running from Gdańsk, Główny station to a newly constructed stop at Gdańsk Śródmiejście. The new section is designed to cope with speeds of 70 km/hour and loads of 221 kN/axle.

Wide-ranging work

Modernisation of the railway also covers reconstruction of traffic control and communications systems at five stations along the line together with the installation of a fibre optic link on the section between Gdańsk Główny and Rumia Janowo stations. In addition, platforms at seven stops and stations are converted and modernised while overhead contact wires and track systems receive a refit. Plus, lifts are being installed to make life easier for people with reduced mobility. Sections of track are also reconstructed as part of the scheme.

Upgrading the rolling stock covers a number of activities that will improve passenger experience and comfort on the route. Better thermal insulation is being installed, as are new windows in passenger compartment and drive cabins. Automatic doors are upgraded, and the trains are fitted with new monitoring systems and audio-visual passenger information systems.

These improvements should help the Rapid Urban Railway to cope with increased demand for services. Forecasts estimate that the number of passengers should double from around 855 000 in 2014 to over 1.7 million in 2015.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Development of Rapid Urban Railway in Tri-City” is EUR 87 770 017, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 47 049 359, from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment”, for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Environment Friendly Transport”.

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