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Plans unveiled for faster Warsaw rail travel

Eurobuild CEE 16 April 2019
Plans unveiled for faster Warsaw rail travel
PKP has unveiled plans to redevelop a number of its Warsaw stations
POLAND PKP Polish State Railway has unveiled a number of concepts for the redevelopment of the Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West) - Warszawa Wschodnia (Warsaw East) cross-city line.

Work on renewing the track is already underway and a tender is to be announced this year to redevelop the Warszawa Zachodnia station with the work to begin at the start of 2020. The estimated cost of the project is not to be published until the completion of the design work. PKP intends for the line’s capacity to increase from 32 trains per hour on the suburban line up to 48 in both directions and from 28 trains per hour on the long-distance line up to 40. All the platforms of Warszawa Zachodnia station are to be raised and the underground passageways are to be extended and expanded with rest areas for travellers and ticket windows. Lifts and escalators will lead onto the platforms and a new passenger information system will inform of train arrivals and departures. A direct rail connection is to be developed between Piaseczno and Legionowo and between Legionowo and Warsaw Chopin Airport. A tunnel with a tram stop is also planned under Warszawa Zachodnia station.

Warsaw’s Śródmieście station is to be rebuilt and enlarged with platforms on both sides of the track to allow for embarkation and disembarkation on opposite sides (a system which is often referred to as the Spanish solution). The Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw central) underground passageways will be extended so that they go not only to the Warszawa Śródmieście station but also to the metro station at the Roman Dmowski roundabout. “PKP is drawing up detailed designs for the redevelopment of the cross-city line and the improvements should result in city trains running every 2.5 minutes on the tracks,” said Ireneusz Merchel, the CEO of PKP Polish State Railway.

Additionally a new train station is also being considered under the Rondo de Gaulle roundabout to intersect with bus and tram lines, while another suggestion is to place a new station closer to Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie. The railway bridge over the river Vistula is to return to its original appearance with spans and arches instead of trusses and the Warszawa Wschodnia station is to be reroofed. The platforms are to be rebuilt and escalators are to be fitted. A tunnel for cars and trams is also being considered to run under the tracks. PKP is to apply to the EU Cohesion Fund for financing.

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