"Poland, due to its central location, is one of the most important points on the transport map of Europe. For it to develop evenly, every region must have access to high-quality infrastructure. Without an effective transport system in Poland, it will be difficult to ensure efficient service of the economic needs of the European Union and the countries in our region," has recently emphasized Polish Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk.
And indeed, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. is currently implementing the National Railway Programme, the total value of which is almost PLN 77 billion. The scope of this investment project includes more than 240 projects on 9,000 km of track. Its implementation will make it possible to streamline rail traffic in agglomerations, improve freight transport conditions and raise the standard of passenger travel on regional routes. The Polish railway is to become increasingly attractive also thanks to the development of a coherent high-speed rail network.
"Efficient implementation of large infrastructural investments is the most important element of Poland's transport policy, the policy of sustainable and responsible development," Andrzej Adamczyk added.
Projects in the amount of EUR 8.5 billion
According to information provided by Minister Adamczyk, projects worth more than PLN 48 billion are being implemented on the railways. They include, among others, the following routes:
- Polish section of Rail Baltica
"We aim to harmoniously develop our transport connection network so that it not only takes into account current needs but also provides a universal response to emergencies. We want to define the priorities of the TEN-T network for the coming decades to ensure the stability of investment planning. For this reason, we are intensively developing transport routes on the north-south axis, which have been neglected for many years," stressed Andrzej Adamczyk.
Railway stations and stops are also being renovated
"In addition, stations are being renovated and new stops are being built to provide better rail access. - Improving access to the railway is not only supported by the modernization of railway lines, but also by separate programs, such as the 'Government Programme for the Construction or Modernisation of Railway Stops for 2021-2025'. PLN 1 billion has been allocated for this purpose. The funds will be used, among other things, to build or modernize railway stops, as well as to finance works related to the availability of parking spaces for passengers," said Ireneusz Merchel, President of the Management Board of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.
Modernization of the Polish transport network
The implementation of a large part of the projects from the railway program is gaining momentum. The investment in the Warsaw-Bialystok line has entered the final stage.
"Next year, we will be applying for funds for the implementation of investments on the Białystok-Ełk section, and then for the modernization of the Ełk-Trakiszki route, i.e. to the state border. The Baltic countries have also started making investments as part of Rail Baltica. Therefore, it can be expected that in 2028, or 2029 at the latest, the entire route from Tallinn to Warsaw will be passable," said Ireneusz Merchel.
Others want to benefit from the Polish experience in implementing large infrastructure investments. According to Minister Andrzej Adamczyk, representatives of Polish railway companies or the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways are very willingly invited by the authorities of other countries, such as the Czech Republic, to share with them their knowledge and experience in the efficient implementation of infrastructure investments, taking into account environmental factors and other aspects of sustainable development.
The next Polish-Czech cooperation: digitalization in the railway industry
During a recent Prague meeting of the Council of European Transport Ministers, Andrzej Adamczyk, Polish Minister of Infrastructure, and Ctirad Klimanek, managing partner of the RAILVIS.com platform, discussed digitalization in the railway industry. RAILVIS.com is an international rail digital platform that connects the rail market across Europe and is a leader in the digitization of rail processes. It connects the needs of all European rail transport companies such as the sale, leasing, or rental of locomotives, wagons, and containers and the provision of free locomotive slack. New functionalities of the platform will concern the construction of railway infrastructure, RAILVIS.com is working closely on solutions to automate processes with the Polish company FACtech.
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