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STH railway and road investments. The proposals resulting from consultations with residents are being analyzed.

Approx. 33 thousand proposals received by Solidarity Transport Hub Poland from residents electronically as part of the Strategic Location Study consultation. The document preliminarily indicated the corridors for railway lines and high-speed roads the construction of which is related to the STH.

The STH Strategic Location Study (SLS) consultations lasted from February 10 to March 10. The proposals from residents reached the Company through various channels: by konsultacje.cpk.pl, by e-mail, through the Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for STH and in paper form – delivered by traditional mail or submitted directly to the registered office of Solidarity Transport Hub Poland.

There are about 33 thousand electronic proposals. Paper proposals are still received by the company, as the date of posting is decisive in their case.

I thank all those who devoted their time and participated in the STH consultations

We announced them in order to verify the expectations of the residents, listen to their opinions and ultimately adjust the planned investments to their needs. In the future, we will continue the dialog with residents as part of subsequent stages of consultations and investment procedures

Deputy Minister Marcin Horała, Government Plenipotentiary for STH

The main objective of the SLS was to designate rail and road investment corridors – several kilometers wide – which will be the basis for further study and design works.  The STH planners proposed several variants for new transport routes inside the corridors. For the time being, they are indicative and are not binding.

The interest in the document was great, which is related to the scale of the planned investments. For consultations, we presented corridors covering more than 1.6 thousand km of new railway lines and more than 400 km of high-speed roads

It is now time to thoroughly analyze each of the comments received. We intend to plan, design and construct our lines in the maximum possible agreement with residents and, taking into account their opinions

Mikołaj Wild, CEO of Solidarity Transport Hub Poland

The proposals and comments concern, to the greatest extent, a dozen or so locations, including Kraków, Konstantynów Łódzki, Wieliszew, Grójec and Bolimów in the Mazovian region, Miedziana Góra near Kielce, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Olkusz andMikołówin Silesian Voivodeship and Jelcz-Laskowice in Lower Silesia. Most of them include proposals to change the route of the proposed variants, e.g. to route railway lines through undeveloped areas (fields, forests, meadows) or, on the contrary, to limit interference in such areas due to the protection of green areas.

Some proposals also called for even better service than that planned for some towns, either by building new railway lines or by integrating existing lines into the STH lines. Such comments were received by STH Poland e.g. from Toruń, Bydgoszcz, Elbląg, Skarżysko-Kamienna and Starachowice.

Some of the comments also related to the corridors and variants of the planned Warsaw Agglomeration Ringroad (OAW). They will be submitted by the STH for analysis to the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, with which on March 11 this year STH concluded a cooperation agreement for planning, design and construction of road investments related to the STH.

Solidarity Transport Hub Poland is currently analyzing the comments gathered in the SLS consultations. They will be summarized in a report, which is expected to be published by the end ofJune this year. The final date will depend on the number and complexity of the comments submitted in hard copy (most of them were received during the last days of consultations and those sent by post are still being received).

In the coming months, Solidarity Transport Hub Poland plans to start another phase of the consultations: meetings will be organized successively in the communes which are located on the routes of the variants.

Our plans assume preparation of a feasibility study for individual lines, as well as carrying out an environmental impact assessment, which will be preceded by wildlife inventories.  The Company will also aim at presenting more detailed technical solutions, e.g. passage of new railway lines through selected areas on trestle bridges or in tunnels

Piotr Malepszak, Member of the Management Board of STH Poland, responsible for the railway part

The STH Rail Program will mean a sharp reduction of travel times for passengers. For example, the journey by train from Warsaw to Solidarity Airport will take 15 minutes and from Łódź - less than 30 minutes. We will get to Warsaw from Wrocław and Poznań within less than 2 hours, and the travel time between Kraków and Katowice will be reduced to only 35 minutes.Jastrzębie-Zdrój and Łomża, which cannot be accessed by train today, will also be connected, among other towns to the railway network.

Each of the 12 planned lines, of which 10 basic so-called spokes connect individual regions of the country with the STH and Warsaw, 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 Polish State Railways.

Solidarity Transport Hub Poland railway infrastructure spoke railway lines STH Strategic Location Study Press release

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