Polish hub project to receive EUR 1.64 mln in EU funds for rail plans

Minister for Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak said that this was the first task the CPK will implement with the support of EU funds. Piotr Nowak/PAP

The Central Transportation Port (CPK) company will receive over PLN 7 million (EUR 1.64 million) in EU funds for the preparation of construction blueprints for a 30-kilometre stretch of rail line.

The funds will come from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) EU instrument and are earmarked for a rail line between the Polish-Czech border and the Polish city of Jastrzębie-Zdrój.

An agreement to this effect was signed in Warsaw on Wednesday. Minister for Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak said that this was the first task the CPK will implement with the support of EU funds.

Marcin Horała, government commissioner for CPK said the multi-billion project "is not just a new international hub, but also a revolution in the Polish transport system."

According to government officials, the first connections from the CPK can be expected in 2027, and the airport would be opened by the end of that year. The CPK is planned to be Poland's biggest infrastructure investment, a transit hub integrating air, rail and road traffic. It is planned to be built 37 kilometres from Warsaw on an area of 3,000 square hectares. In its first phase, it is to service 45 million passengers a year, rising eventually to 100 million.

The cost of the whole project is being evaluated at PLN 25 billion (EUR 5.9 billion).