The Solidarity Transport Hub company selected the most advantageous tender in the tendering procedure for preparatory works for the construction of a new railway line between Katowice and the Czech Ostrava. As a result of that, trains will reach, among others, Jastrzębie-Zdrój with its 90-thousand population, which is today the largest city in Poland without rail access. The route is a part of the joint railway investment of the Visegrad Group countries between Warsaw, Brno (with a link to Prague), Bratislava and Budapest.
As part of the construction of the section between Katowice andOstrava, approx. 75 km of the new railway line will be constructed. The project will cover the section of the future railway line No. 170 between Katowice and the border with the CzechRepublic, its extension on the Czech side to Ostrava and the Jastrzębie-Zdrój – Wodzisław Śląski section, together with a branch to the planned Jastrzębie-ZdrójCentrum station and towards Rybnik.
The Katowice – Ostrava section is of particular importance for us. It is the first section to receive EU co-financing by winning competition with other European infrastructure projects. It is also a key section of High-Speed Rail that will link the countries of the VisegradGroup and, thus, an example of the international character of the STH railway investments. At the same time, owing to this line we will provide services for the largest Polish city without today's access to the railway, i.e. Jastrzębie-Zdrój.
According to the programme, the first construction works are to start in 2024, and the section of the line connecting Katowice with Ostrava will be handed over for operation before the end of 2030.Trains will be running at a speed of up to 250 km/h. Assumed design parameters (e.g. applied curvature radii) will enable future speed increase, if necessary.
The subject of the contract is the so-called STEŚ, i.e. the feasibility study for the planned railway line. The STH company considered the tender submitted by the consortium with the Egis company as the leader as the most advantageous one, amounting to netPLN 10.9 million. The selection was determined by the price (in 70%) and the staff experience (in the remaining 30%).
In accordance with the public procurement law, all formalities must be completed before the procedure is concluded – also to the extent of the appeal procedure. Its conclusion shall be the signing of an agreement with the contractor, which will have 10months to prepare the STEŚ. The performance and settlement of the entire agreement may take five months longer, as the contract also includes geological documentation and maps for design purposes.
Thanks to this cross-border investment, it will be possible to travel from Katowice to the Czech Ostrava in only 35 minutes, i.e. by an hour shorter than currently.
We are in constant contact with the Správa železnic enterprise, i.e. the railway infrastructure manager in the Czech Republic. We have joint planning and design assumptions. Together with our Czech partners, we have identified potential locations for the crossing of the HSR across the border and the preferred route of the border sections.
Preparation of the Project Definition Documentation for the section in the area of Jastrzębie-Zdrój, i.e. the first section of the new Katowice – Ostrava railway route, takes place with the use of co-financing in the amount exceeding PLN 7 million, which the STH company received in 2019 from the EU CEF (Connecting Europe Facility).
In Poland, the route is part of the trans-European TEN-T corridor. It runs from Warsaw through the Central Trunk Line (CMK) under modernisation and Katowice to the near-border Ostrava. The line is part of a joint investment of the Visegrad Group countries aimed at increasing the travel standard and reducing the travel times between Warsaw, Brno (with a link to Prague), Bratislava and Budapest.
In the Śląskie Voivodeship, as part of the STH Railway Programme, a total of 100 km of new railway lines will be constructed by the STH company, and next 246 km will be modernised by PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe.
These investments will ensure shortening of the travel to Warsaw from Katowice to 1 hour and 40 minutes and from Bielska-Biała to 1 hour and 55 minutes. From Jastrzębie-Zdrój and Rybnik we will reach the capital in 2 hours, and from Częstochowa and Gliwice – in 2 hours and 10 minutes. Moreover, capacity for regional and freight services will increase on existing railway lines.
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.