National rail line network operator's investment to grow 30 pct in 2020

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PKP PLK, the Polish railway infrastructure manager, plans to increase the value of its investments by 30 percent in 2020 to some PLN 14-15 billion (EUR 3.28-3.52 billion), the company's CEO, Ireneusz Merchel, has told PAP.

"Next year will be a year of continuation of the investments already launched," said Merchel listing such important project as the modernisation of the Krakow-Katowice line and the conclusion of the modernisation of the Warsaw-Poznan line. Both investments are to significantly increase comfort, shorten travel time and further raise safety standards.

Merchel also announced next year's conclusion of the modernisation of a crucial rail link between Warsaw and Radom south of the capital and the continuation of work aimed at improving rail accessibility to Poland's biggest Baltic ports - Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin and Swinoujscie.

The company is also planning to start a large-scale modernisation project of Warszawa Zachodnia rail station, one of the three largest railway stations in Poland's capital.

Polish State Railways - Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) is a company with majority stock held by the State Treasury.