The STH Company signed a feasibility study agreement for the High-Speed Rail between Sieradz and Poznań. This 170-kilometre long section is part of the so-called “letter Y” which will shorten the travel time by rail, for instance, from the capital city of Wielkopolska to Warsaw by over an hour.
The most recent agreement covers the development of the feasibility study (FS), i.e. necessary pre-design documentation for the line: Sieradz - Kalisz – Pleszew – Poznań. The majority of this section, the so-called spokes No 9, are located in the area of the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship (excluding the fragment near Sieradz, which is located in the Łódzkie Voivodeship). The STH Company signed a contract with the consortium of BBF, IDOM and Arcadis selected in the tender procedure. The agreement is worth net PLN 42.9 million.
The STH rail investment between Sieradz and Poznań will allow the trains to transport passengers at a speed of up to 250 km/h. However, the design speed assumed for this section is 350 km/h. This is the value to which the maximum speed can be increased in the future without altering the trackbed or changing the curve geometry.
The High-Speed Rail constructed as part of the STH is a civilisation leap forward for the Polish railway infrastructure. With this investment Wielkopolska will be connected to the regions in Poland which will be beneficiaries of these undertakings. This project should have been ready long time ago, but unfortunately 10 years ago the preparatory activities for the construction of the “letter Y”, i.e. the line connecting Warsaw, Łódź, Poznań and Wrocław, were interrupted. Today, we are making up for the past years and it is very good news for passengers from this region and from the entire country
What will be the benefits for the passengers? Once the construction of this section is completed, it will only take 1 hour and 55 minutes to travel by rail from Warsaw to Poznań (today it takes approx. 3 hours). It will take 1 hour and 20 minutes to travel from the capital city to Kalisz (instead of approx. 3 hours at present). The following travel times from Poznań will be shortened: to Kalisz to 35 minutes (today 1.5 hour) and to Łódź to 1 hour 10 minutes (at present approx. 3 hours). The passengers will reachthe STH from Poznań in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The preparatory activities for the FS are underway for almost 1,200 km of new rail routes. Step by step, the STH Programme is becoming the reality. The aim of the agreement signed is to prepare specialised documentation for design purposes, including indication of the recommended route. This stage is of key importance also from the point of view of residents who will be asked to share their opinion on, for instance, the rail route options. The more diligently this stage is completed, the better the final deliverables for the passengers and the residents
As part of the FS, the contractor shall deliver to the STH Company, among others, traffic forecasts as well as analyses — for instance, technical, environmental and multi-criteria analyses. The preparation of the so-called investor option to be attached to the application for the environmental decision, will take 12 months.
The agreements covers also, among others: geological surveys with documentation and maps for design purposes. The next stage — after completion of the FS — will include, among others, development of the conceptual and building permit designs.
The quality of the infrastructure under construction depends on the planning and design documentation. The experience of the personnel of our consortium is the substantive guarantee of reliability. We are glad to be part of this ambitious undertaking. The section from Sieradz to Poznań is another necessary component of the HSR system
Over the next 9 months the STH company is planning to hold over 100 consultation meetings. The upcoming meeting will be held in Poznań, next Monday.
As it follows from the programme, the first construction works on the Sieradz-Poznań section are to be commenced at the turn of 2024 and 2025. The completion of the works is planned for the turn of 2028 and 2029, i.e. approx. one year after completion of construction of the Solidarity Transport Hub.
The STH Railway Program: #KolejNaPolske envisages that in the area of the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship the STH Company will construct approx. 220 km of new railway lines and that PKP Polish State Railways will modernise530 km of the existing lines.
So far, the STH Company have developed feasibility studies for eight railway investments in different parts, with the total length of approx. 1,000 km. After signing the agreement for the Sieradz – Poznań section, this number will increase to almost 1,200 km. Over the upcoming weeks the Company is planning to sign more contracts.
The STH company is preparing the construction of 12 railway routes, including 10 so-called spokes from various regions of Poland to Warsaw and the new airport. In total, there are 30 investment tasks and nearly 1,800 km of new railway lines to be completed by the end of 2034.