Polish high speed rail route to Czech border to be determined this year

Pendolino in Polish livery. Credit: Kamil Olszowy / FlickrPendolino in Polish livery. Credit: Kamil Olszowy / Flickr

Poland expects the route between Katowice and Ostrava, CZ, to be completed by 2030 on the Polish side.

Poland’s state-owned company Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) is continuing preparations for the construction of a high speed line towards the Czech border. Consultations and direct discussions with residents of the affected areas around Katowice are to take place from April.

Poland has four options to choose from, the first trains should be on the new line in eight years. The route is a European priority and will be part of the TEN-T network.

Pushing through any of the four options for the future HSR route will not be easy. The Katowice area is one of the most densely populated in Poland, and the proposed solutions are facing opposition from local residents as well as the city itself. A total of 160,000 people signed up to the first phase of online discussions, which have been running since 2020.

CPK intends to determine the route of the future line later this year. Work on the first feasibility studies began last July. CPK will need to go through the EIA process with the final route. The Czech rail infrastructure manager Sprava zeleznic is involved in the project from the other side of the border. Both countries are jointly looking for an ideal location for the high speed line to cross the state border.

Poland expects the route between Katowice and Ostrava, CZ, to be completed by 2030 on the Polish side. The commuting time from Ostrava to Katowice should be reduced from 90 to 35 minutes once completed. The commute from Warsaw to Katowice will take 1 hour and 40 minutes.

HSR options between Katowice and the border with the Czech Republic. Credit: Centralny Port Komunikacyjny

HSR options between Katowice and the border with the Czech Republic. Credit: Centralny Port Komunikacyjny

 

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