The Solidarity Airport Hub company has signed today an agreement for preparatory works for the new railway line at the Łętownia – Rzeszów section. Thanks to this, Podkarpacie residents will reach Warsaw from Rzeszów almost twice as fast as currently. Access to, among others, Stalowa Wola, Tarnobrzeg, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Radom and Grójec, as well as from the centre of Rzeszów to the Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport will also improve.
The Łętownia – Rzeszów section is the first investment of the CPK company in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship. The agreement with value of netPLN 9.7 million was signed during today's press conference at the Rzeszów Główny (Rzeszów Central Station) PKP station.
More than 40 km section of the new line between Łętownia and Rzeszów is a railway connector leading from the side of Stalowa Wola towards the Podkarpacie capital. It consists of the following planned railway lines: No. 58 from the Łętownia station to Rzeszów and No. 632 to the Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport. The route will be built as part of the so-called spoke No. 6 which will connect Warsaw and the STH with Radom, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Stalowa Wola and Rzeszów, and ultimately with Sanok.
The STH is not only an airport, it is mainly rail development throughout Poland. In this context, we remember about each part of our country, as we want to ensure good transport availability for every citizen. We are convinced that, among others, the economic development of Poland depends on the way of travelling from Rzeszów to Warsaw, to the STH or to Tricity.
Today, a minimum of 4 hours is needed for the train to travel from Rzeszów to Warsaw, as they are routed along the bypass route through Kraków. Good news for passengers is that we will shorten this time almost twice, building a direct connection with Warsaw. Further plans include the creation of the so-called eastern trunk which will connect Rzeszów with Lublin and Białystok.
Today's the contract for preparatory works, in particular for preparation of the feasibility study (STEŚ), was concluded with the consortium of the following companies: BBF, Ingerop Polska and SAFEGE. This is the effect of another of the tenders that have been concluded for the STEŚ for a total of 743 km of new railway lines out of almost 1,800 km included in the STH Programme.
We are aware of the importance of hearing the voice of residents and taking into account all local conditions when routing this railway line. Therefore, as part of the agreement, we plan exceptionally wide public consultations which will ensure appropriate exchange of information. This is another study of this type that we will draw up. Experience of our consortium's personnel means a quality guarantee.
As part of the STEŚ, the contractor shall deliver to the STH company, among others, traffic forecasts as well as analyses – e.g. operation and maintenance, technical, environmental and multi-criteria analyses. The purpose of the STEŚ is to prepare specialised documentation for the Łętownia – Rzeszów section for design purposes, including indication of its recommended course. The contractor will have 13 months for preparation of the STEŚ. The execution and settlement of the entire agreement may take a total of 18 months, as the contract also includes geological documentation and maps for design purposes.
On line No. 58: Łętownia – Rzeszów, trains will be able to speed up to 250 km/h, and on line No. 632 to the Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport – to 120 km/h. Railway investments of the STH in Podkarpacie will ensure the ultimate reduction of the travel from Rzeszów to Warsaw to 2 hours and 15 minutes, from Stalowa Wola – to 1 hour and 45 minutes and from Tarnobrzeg – to 1 hour and 55 minutes. From Jasło, Krosno and Sanok we will reach the capital in 2 hours and 50 minutes and from Przemyśl – in 3 hours and 15 minutes.
According to the programme, the first construction works are to start in 2023. STH assumes that the section of the line connecting Łętownia with Rzeszów will be handed over for operation before the end of 2027.
Ultimately, 155 km of new railway lines will be constructed and the next 173 km will be modernised in Podkarpacie under the STH Programme.
The STH Railway Programme assumes that almost 1,800 km of new lines are to be constructed by the end of 2034. These investments consist of a total of 12 railway routes, including 10 “spokes” leading from various regions of Poland to Warsaw and the STH.