As the curtain falls on 2022, TFN’s Alex Webber takes a personal look back at his travel highlights of the year…
Acting as a “symbolic gateway” to Poland, Centralny Port Komunikacyjny will serve as an air, rail and road transport hub that will ultimately seek to handle 60 million travellers by 2060.
Making a visual impact with its smart wood finishes, restored ceramic agas, and jaunty green-trimmed windows, the station in the village of Zajezierze is being hailed as more than simply an aesthetic triumph.
The 500 sq/m office in Wrocław has earned plaudits for capturing the spirit of the city whilst simultaneously breaking down concepts of hierarchy to instead place an emphasis on teamwork, creativity and the open exchange of ideas.
First built in 1867, the renovation has restored Wałbrzych’s historic beauty, including the brick elevation and its most valuable architectural details.
President of Polish State Railways, Krzysztof Mamiński said: “This is an important ceremony for Polish State Railways, for Kraków and for Poland.”
Modernisation works on the Polish stretch of the Rail Baltica route are intended to adapt the line to widely accepted EU standards for railway lines, which includes adapting stations on the line to the needs of all travellers.
Particularly notable is the grand elevation of the main building. In the lower section, the granite plinth has been cleaned and in the upper section, a wooden cladding, characteristic of the Polish highland style of the region, has been laid. Between these two sections, a light coloured grooved plaster has been added.
VIDEO: Today, the station resembles the palatial grandeur of its heyday, allowing visitors to admire a historic building and feel the atmosphere of its majesty from the turn of the 19th and 20th century.
So far, 26 out of nearly 200 train stations have been rebuilt as part of Polish State Railway’s plan to make it easier for those with disabilities to travel.