It is the largest grant that STH has received from the European Union so far. The European Commission granted it more than PLN 108 million co-financing from the CEF Reflow. The company will receive the largest co-financing across the Union and more than half of the grants for projects from Poland.
The CEF (“Connecting Europe Facility”) funds are used to co-finance infrastructure projects for transport, energy and telecommunications. Using an additional envelope, the so-called CEF Reflow, four entities from Poland submitted their applications – the Solidarity Transport Hub, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe, the Port of Gdynia Authority and the Pomeranian Metropolitan Railways. The total amount of these applications is approx. PLN 365.5 million.
Yesterday, the European Commission announced the results of the last CEF competition in the field of transport in the perspective for 2014-2020. STH received more than PLN 108 million, i.e. more than half of the funds allocated to our country (PLN 212.1 million). The planned budget for the European Union-wide competition was 160 million euro, finally increased to 307 million euro. Poland received the largest support from among the Community members – 47 million euro (nearly one third of the planned envelope). The STH company was the biggest beneficiary.
The co-financing concerns two investments:
- Design works for the long-distance HSR tunnel in Łódź. The estimated value of this project is PLN 119 million and the amount of EU co-financing is PLN 59.4 million. The Company is on the eve of signing the agreement with the contractor which submitted the most advantageous tender in the tendering procedure.
- Study works for the HSR section between Warsaw and Poznań (part of the so-called “Y”). The budget of the entire project (the so-called qualified costs) is almost PLN 99 million, and the amount of co-financing is more than PLN 49.5 million. A feasibility study is being prepared for a fragment of this section (Warsaw-Łódź).
This is an excellent message for Poland as a whole. Competition within the framework of the CEF Reflow was very high, so the decision of the European Commission additionally underlined the importance of the STH projects. We interpret these results as a signal from the EU that the Solidarity Transport Hub is a reliable, necessary and well-prepared investment. STH will receive more than half of the national envelope and the largest share of the funds available to the Union's countries for the two notified investments. This clearly shows that abroad there is awareness of the importance of this project for the whole of Central and Eastern Europe
The European Commission rated the STH applications the highest from all submitted Polish projects, recommending the full amount of support requested by the company. During the CEF Committee, the EC proposal was also approved by the Member States. The next step will be to sign two Grant Agreements. Both documents are already under preparation.
Over 47 million euro – such an amount may be allocated for seven Polish railway projects under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). This is a major success of our country. Poland was ranked first in terms of the value of the obtained co-financing among all countries that applied for funds. Thanks to the obtained co-financing, we will implement large infrastructure investments.
The company plans to submit applications for co-financing for the total amount of over PLN2billionand 250 million under the so-called CEF 2 (from the new EU perspective for the years 2021-2027). It will apply for EU funds, among others, for railway design works: for the STH node, for construction works in the long-distance HSR tunnel in Łódź and for execution of projects of high-speed rail sections: from Łódź to Wrocław and from Sieradz to Poznań.
So far, as part of the EU CEF, the STH company has obtained almost PLN 8 million of co-financing for preparatory works for the construction of a railway line in the area of Jastrzębie-Zdrój, i.e. a part of the Katowice – Ostrawa route. Brussels shall also co-finance the cooperation with SNCF (French railways) on technical standards for high-speed rail and the implementation of the HSR system.
The Company is preparing the construction of 12 railway routes, including 10 so-called spokes from various regions of Poland to Warsaw and the Solidarity Transport Hub. In total, there are 30 investment tasks and nearly 1,800 km of new railway lines to be completed by the end of 2034.For almost 750 km of them, nature inventories have been in progress since the previous year, and currently final decisions in tendering procedures are being made and agreements for feasibility studies are being signed.
The assumed maximum operating speed on the STH railway lines is 250 km/h as part of the first stage of the investment. It will be possible to increase it in the future (the so-called design speed will be 350 km/h), if such demand arises on the part of carriers. The basic assumption of the entire programme is the possibility of reaching the new airport and Warsaw from most large Polish cities within no more than 2.5 hours.