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May 14, 2023

Poland’s New Railway Network to Help Develop Transport Links in

Railway regulation is playing an increasingly important role in building future sustainable European transport systems.

Amongst others, Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK), the new airport to be built in Poland, is a strategic investment in infrastructure that includes the construction of about 2,000 km of new high-speed rail lines and several horizontal projects, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to a recent CPK statement, they will create non-stop, fast and interoperable journeys between major cities in Poland and at the same time improve connectivity in the Central and Eastern Europe region (CEE).

At the same time, CPK will also provide a significant boost to freight traffic capacities in the region, playing a decisive role in improving connectivity and economic growth in the CEE region.

Other countries in the CEE region are also in various stages of similar rail infrastructure mega-projects. This includes the Rail Baltica high-speed rail project jointly implemented by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Czech HSR Program and the Visegrad 4 High-Speed ​​Rail (V4 HSR) project connecting Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest to Bucharest.

“Together with regional initiatives like Rail Baltica, the Czech HSR Program, and the V-4 High-Speed Rail project, CPK will deliver a new, dense, and interoperable transportation network across the region” CEO of Centralny Port Komunikacyjny Mikolaj Wild pointed out in this regard.

Based on all these projects, the possibility for cooperation and integration of European transport systems can be created, strengthening the infrastructural links between the EU and the countries of the Three Seas region.

As a result, the construction and modernisation of railway lines, including the introduction of the HSR system in the Three Seas region, means better connectivity and the elimination of the railway network gap between Western Europe and the CEE region.

As CPK explains, the new railway lines are designed to accommodate passenger and goods traffic. In order to ensure an efficient and reliable transport of goods, the CPK in this case gives priority to intermodal trains, especially transport trains that operate on a fixed schedule at guaranteed times. Thus, the integration of passenger and freight services will lead to a more sustainable and cost-effective transport system in the CEE region.

After the completion of these high-profile projects, CPK’s fast, frequent and smooth rail infrastructure will comprehensively address multiple mobility needs in the region. This means that it will offer a direct connection to CPK Airport from every major city in Poland via a high-speed rail network, connecting the country’s largest cities with a journey time of under 2.5 hours.

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