Major EU funding for upgraded Lublin-Warsaw line
PR dla Zagranicy
An agreement has been signed to provide PLN 3 billion (EUR 0.69 billion) of EU funds to modernise the railway line linking Lublin, in eastern Poland, to the Polish capital Warsaw.
The project, which will cost a total of PLN 4.2 billion (EUR 0.96 billion) including the EU funding, will shorten Warsaw to Lublin journey times from the current 2 hours 15 minutes, to just 90 minutes.
It is planned that 150 km of railway line will be modernised on the route to allow passenger trains to reach speeds of 160 km/h.
In addition all stations along the line will be modernised with the introduction of a passenger information system, improved lighting and better access for disabled people. Work is expected to be completed by 2020.
Piotr Stomma, from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, noted that the project would offer opportunities for Polish companies to be involved.
Many areas in eastern Poland are relatively underdeveloped, with lower GDP per capita and a higher unemployment rate than other parts of Poland.
Last month PLN 1.2 billion (EUR 0.27 billion) of EU funds were confirmed for developing road networks in eastern Poland and improving transports links with regional capitals. (sl)