Good news. The European Commission has granted support for cooperation with France in preparation for the planning, design and construction of High Speed Railways. SNCF French Railways will advise, among others, on technical standards for the construction of HSR in Poland.
European Union will co-finance Poland under Structural Reform Support Programme. The contract will be concluded for one and a half years, and the value co-financed by Brussels will range from PLN 2.1 to 3 million. The French Railways SNCF will become a partner of Poland and the EC will pay for the consultation service for our country.
The direct beneficiary of this cooperation will be the STH Poland company, but PKP Intercity, PKP Polish Railway Lines, the Railway Institute, the Office of Rail Transport and the Ministry of Infrastructure will also benefit indirectly.
The STH Poland and Ministry of Infrastructure project concerns exchange of know-how and supporting the institutional capacity to build HSR in Poland. Our cooperation will include consultations, under which SNCF will present, among others solutions and regulations regarding HSR, considering specificity of the Polish market
Cooperation with a foreign partner is recommendable, as so far no HSR has been built in Poland. France is the homeland of high-speed TGV railways, which is the mostmature HSR technology in the world. For STH Poland, this is of primary importance. We are committed to bringing the HSR system into operation cooperating with the best
EU funding will allow for the exchange of experience between countries and support for Poland in the field of technical and organisational standards used in the design and construction of HSR. This will enable, for example, the preparation of future railway tenders incorporating this technology.
Why does Brussels co-finance consultations on HSR? The STH Railway Programme is part of European environmental strategies, such as the European Green Deal and the assumptions of the European transport policy, e.g. the promotion of low-emission transport and optimisation of energy consumption, as well as other HSR EU initiatives such as the V4 Warsaw-Budapest line.
We assume that the Polish-French cooperation under the umbrella of Brussels will be ”win-win”, i.e. the benefits will be mutual. Moreover, thanks to Poland's openness to French consultancy, Polish railway companies will be included in the project's supply chain and gain easier access to the common market
From Poland, 9 applications out of 27 were selected in the competition (out of a pool of 609 submitted by all EU countries). Our country has received initial funding with a total value of over PLN 17 million. In addition to the application of the STH Poland and the Ministry of Infrastructure, projects from the Ministries of Development, Finance, Science and Higher Education and Agriculture and Rural Development received funding from the EC.
The official confirmation of financing will follow the approval of the EC Structural Reform Support Programme budget, which according to the schedule should take place at the end of February this year.
The STH Poland construction programme includes investments in a new transfer airport for Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, as well as a network 1600 km of new railway lines (including sections of the HSR standard), to connect Warsaw and STH with most of the largest Polish cities in no more than 2-2.5 hours.
Each of the 10 spokes leading to the CPK will consist of: new track sections and renovated or upgraded parts of existing infrastructure. The construction of the former will be the responsibility of CPK company, and the modernisation of the latter of PKP Polish Railway Lines.
In the autumn, the first major railway tender for nature inventories for the new railway lines leading to the airport was settled. The estimated value of the order is over PLN 26 million. Inventories are necessary at the stage of obtaining environmental decisions that precede a decision on the site location and building permit. The first contracts for inventories will be commissioned by the company in the first half of the year.