On 12 May, in Port of Gdynia headquarters, the agreement was concluded between the Polish national railway infrastructure operator – PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA – and WYG International Sp. z o.o. on a feasibility study which will determine the optimal scope of modernisation of the railway station used by the sea port in Gdynia. The contract is worth nearly 1.4 PLN net, and it’s an important step towards improving the railway access to the port.
The feasibility study will cover the railway station, which is currently used by the Port of Gdynia, as well as its infrastructure and the links with the railway network. The area in question is approximately 70 ha with 160 km of railway tracks and 400 railroad switches. The document will address the question of the scope of modernisation, or reconstruction, of the railway station, so that it can be efficiently used in the future. The analyses will take into account the development strategies of Gdynia, the port, and the entities using the rail infrastructure at the station.
The first step towards modernisation of the station
The feasibility study, which WYG International Sp. z o.o. is to execute for PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA, marks the first stage of the general project to improve the railway access to the port. The contract is worth 1 379 000 PLN net. The works on the study will have been finished by September 2015. The project is co-funded by Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2007—2013.
“The undertaking confirms the fact that PLK wants to develop the railway network and provide railway carriers with access to economically crucial regions, including sea ports. We would like the carriers to optimally use the railway infrastructure potential, which facilitates the access to handling centres. If the areas are used efficiently, the port cities will grow,” says Remigiusz Paszkiewicz, the president of the board of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA.
The two subsequent stages – designing and construction works – will be carried out by Polskie Linie Kolejowe in the 2014—2020 financial perspective. It complies with the provisions of the Implementation Document for the Transport Development Strategy till 2020 (with 2030 perspective), in which “Reconstruction of railway infrastructure providing access to Port of Gdynia” is listed among the basic maritime projects to be financed by the Cohesion Fund as part of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The condition for development of the port and other places
The Port of Gdynia Authority is looking forward to the project completion.
“I can’t stress enough how important the project is not only for the development of the Port of Gdynia but also for the future of numerous districts of the city with the railway infrastructure,” says Walery Tankiewicz, the Vice-President of the Management Board, and the Director for Infrastructure and Properties Management. He explained that the basic form of the infrastructure at Gdynia Port station had been constructed before WWII and adjusted to the then-current technologies and the shape of the then-current maritime and railway transport. “It fails to meet the current and future requirements resulting from the development of intermodal transport using regular railway lines to transport containers and semi-trailers. The Port of Gdynia is the beginning of the transport corridor between the Baltic Sea and Adriatic Sea, which is one of the key European corridors. That’s why effective access to our port via railway is necessary not only for its development but also because of the UE requirements concerning transport,” says Walery Tankiewicz.
The newly-designed station should provide the port with modern and much-needed infrastructure, and make it possible for parts of the site to be used for commercial purposes (that is handling and storing cargo), as the number of side tracks will be limited.