The Director of Railway Infrastructure, PKP PLK, announced the tender for the preparation of pre-design documents for the expansion of the Katowice – Gliwice link on the E 30 main railway line. The analysis should be, inter alia, the construction of new conglomerate routes and new terminals.
- The 30 km Katowice-Gliwice connection is the main transportation backbone of Upper Silesian cities and is part of the most important S1 line at Collegi, Slaski.
- In the future, it will also be one of the two main tracks of the Metropolitan Railway (next to the Dąbrowa Górnicza – Tychy road), the development of which has hitherto been blocked due to cumbersome rail capacity.
- The assumption for the planned investment on the Katowice-Gliwice line is to separate the conglomerate from the long-distance traffic, which will contribute to an increase in capacity. This, in turn, will allow more connections to be launched.
The main part of the required studies is to be a feasibility study, which will provide the basis for making an investment decision. The order will be funded in half by Metropolitan Railway (GZM) at the Metropolitan Railways in cooperation with PLK.
The 30 km Katowice-Gliwice connection is the main transportation backbone of Upper Silesian cities and is part of the most important S1 line at Collegi, Slaski. In the future, it will also be one of the two main tracks of the Metropolitan Railway (next to the Dąbrowa Górnicza – Tychy road), the development of which has hitherto been prevented due to cumbersome rail capacity.
As the PLK reported on Friday, the assumption of the planned investment on the Katowice-Gliwice line is to separate agglomeration and long-distance traffic, which will contribute to increased capacity. This, in turn, would allow more passenger communications, as well as more cargo to be transported.
From 2013 to 2016, PLK gradually renewed the railway line from Gliwice to Katowice. In December 2014, works between Gliwice and Chorzów Batory were completed, in 2015 the Katowice – Chorzów Batory section was renewed, and in 2016 the tracks of the Gliwice station. Investments made it possible to speed up trains and shorten the journey by about 30-35 minutes. Up to 20-26 minutes.
The topic of current analyzes is to further reduce train travel times. Assumptions will include increasing the accessibility of rail transport in congregations and regional traffic and adapting stations and stops to meet the needs of people with limited mobility. The study contractors will also analyze the improvement of freight transportation – in terms of heavier and longer freight trains (up to 750 meters), incl. In international relations.
Initial proposals developed as part of the study will be consulted with carriers that operate or intend to provide connections on the Katowice – Gleevice line, which will allow for anticipated passenger and freight traffic needs to be taken into account when defining the concept of investment variables. The study work will determine the scope of the project, its implications and costs for its implementation.
“The assumed deadline for carrying out the study work is 2021-2023. The task is to be carried out in cooperation with Metropolis GZM. The development of design documents and construction work can be carried out in the new financial perspective” – said Katarzyna Goaka of the PLK press office.
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