Solidarity Transport Hub Poland presented, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, the draft of the Strategic Location Study. The study contains maps of corridors for new railway lines running from different parts of Poland to the new airport between Warsaw and Łódź. From now on, the document is available on the website dedicated to the consultations.
The STH Strategic Location Study (SLS) is a new stage in the planning process of the STH Railway Program. This is a milestone as part of the preparations for construction of more than 1,600 km of new lines, consisting of 12 routes, of which 10 are the so-calledspokes connecting individual regions of the country with the STH and Warsaw. The presented corridors will be the basis for further study and design works. The SLS contains railway maps, which, once printed, occupy the area of 70square meters.
- The STH is not only a major change in the aviation market, but also a real revolution in railway travels across Poland. Thanks to the STH Railway Program we are fighting against the traffic exclusionof the Polish people – said the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki at the Railway Development Congress in the National Stadium in Warsaw. – In April last year, during the press conference at the Łódź Fabryczna station, we presented the assumptions of the STH Railway Program and the amendment to the regulation containing the list of railway lines of national importance, adopted by the government. Today we present to the Polish people the first results of design works - he added.
Within each of the railway line corridors presented today,variants of the route of a given line are presented. – They are indicative. The final route for each of them will depend, among others, on the results of the public consultations, environmental surveys and detailed technical conditions - explained Marcin Horała, the Government Plenipotentiary for STH.
The new STH planning study can be consulted from now on at the website www.cpk.pl. The consultation form will be made available in that place at the beginning of February to enable all interested parties to submit their proposals to the document prepared.
We will examine each proposal thoroughly, considering its validity and feasibility. This is another stage of the STH dialog on large investment projects necessary for Poland, following the RegionalStrategic Consultations completed last year
The STH airport and railway investments are part of the government Strategy for Responsible Development. In addition, in April last year, the government adopted a regulation under which new track sections along which trains will get to the STH and Warsaw were included in the list of railway lines of national importance.
According to the assumptions of the investments under preparation, the train journey from thecapital to the new Solidarity Airport will take 15 minutes and from Łódź - less than 30 minutes. We will get to Warsaw from Wrocław and Poznań within lessthan 2 hours, and e.g. the travel time between Kraków and Katowice will be reduced to only 35 minutes.
- Among the planned STH investment, there is a new hub airport for Poland and Central and Eastern Europe and a network of new railway lines (including high-speed rail sections) which are to connect Warsaw and the STH with most of the largest towns of Poland within 2-2.5 hours – reminded Piotr Malepszak, Member the Management Board of Solidarity Transport Hub Poland, responsible for the railway part.
Each of the 10 “spokes” leading to the STH will consist of new track sections and renovated or modernized parts of the existing infrastructure. The construction will be the responsibility of Solidarity Transport Hub Poland and the modernization will be the responsibility of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe.