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GREAT NEWS from Polskie Koleje Państwowe: Rzeszów Główny train station regains modernist character

GREAT NEWS from Polskie Koleje Państwowe: Rzeszów Główny train station regains modernist character
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25 / 07 / 2022

A modernistic body, a representative hall, meeting modern standards of traveller service, as well as comfortable and functionally connected with a transfer hub being built nearby - this is what Rzeszów Główny railway station will soon be. The first construction work is already underway at the station.

The work that has begun is the next stage of the investment, which is being carried out under the "Design and Build" formula as part of the 2016-2023 Railway Station Investment Program with European Union funding from the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program. Currently, the contractor is mainly focusing on demolition work in the basement of the building and the dismantling of installations. Parallel to these, preparatory work is underway to strengthen the building's foundations.

The investment will see the Rzeszów Główny train station regain its uniform modernist character, which has been altered since its reconstruction in the 1960s by historicizing references to the building's 19th-century origins, which were introduced during reconstructions at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. The changes will be seen primarily on the station's facade. The arches over the main entrance will be removed from it, and a historicizing attic with an electronic clock will be added. Window and door woodwork styled after that of the 1960s will also add a modernist character to the building. The facade cladding made of granite and sandstone will undergo renovation. The administrative part of the building (on the west and east sides) will be plastered and painted in shades of grey. At the top of the facade, in the western part, it was decided to restore the electronic, large-format clock with two displays on the western side and the square in front of the station. In turn, an illuminated sign with the PKP logo and the station's name will appear above the lobby's fanlight on the city and platform sides.

The interior of the building will also change its appearance, although we will find out how it will ultimately look after a restoration survey. In the 1960s, the lobby was decorated with modernist polychrome, which may be restored if relics of it remain. If not, the two wall mosaics, currently in the station's lobby, will undergo restoration. The preservationist will make the final decision on the matter during the project. The nearly 350-square-meter lobby, which, at the same time, serves as a waiting room, will be kept in light colours, with significant access to daylight through windows located in the façade. Its ceiling is designed in the form of lamellas (decorative slats) with modern light fixtures integrated into it. The interior will also feature electronic boards for train arrivals and departures, display cases with timetables, a clock and benches equipped with ports for charging mobile devices. The eastern part of the lobby will house the ticket offices, while the rest of the space on the first floor will be occupied by retail and service spaces for rent.

A new feature in the lobby will be a staircase and elevator leading to level -1. We will get from it to the underground parking lot, which is part of the transportation centre. Also located on level -1 are toilets, rooms for rent and technical facilities of the building. And on the station's first floor, a railroad guard station and offices for railroad companies and rent.

"We are carrying out vital investments for all Poles, both in large and small towns. The modernization and restoration of the Rzeszow train station is an example of well-invested national and European Union money. The investment will contribute to the development of the city and the region and increase economic competitiveness. Projects related to the modernization of railroads, stations and train stations show that well-developed transport infrastructure, including high-quality railroads, is a factor determining the improvement of safety and development of the country. It is worth noting that, with the support of European funds from the Infrastructure and Environment Program and national funds, an architecturally coherent facility will be built. It will be adapted to the needs of all travellers, including people with disabilities, caregivers with young children and seniors," says Grzegorz Puda, Minister of Funds and Regional Policy.

"Rzeszów Główny is the most vital reconstruction of a railroad station in the beautiful and hospitable Podkarpackie province in years. It will provide travellers with a comfortable and modern travel service area, which, with the modernized platforms and the urban part of the investment, will form the Rzeszow Transportation Center, a transportation hub realized on a grand scale, linking different modes of transportation," says Maciej Małecki, secretary of state at the Ministry of State Assets.

"After the completion of investments in Radymno, Sędziszów Małopolski, Czarna and the reconstruction of Stalowa Wola Rozwadów, which began this year, the time has come for the Rzeszów Główny train station. It is an investment that the residents of the capital of the Subcarpathian region have been waiting for for years. Thanks to it, travellers will gain a modern, comfortable, accessible and environmentally-friendly station, perfectly connected to the other elements of the Rzeszów Transport Center, which is the future transport heart of the city," says Ireneusz Maślany, member of the PKP S.A. management board.

PKP Polskie Koleje Państwowe

"European Union funds significantly contribute to the changes taking place in the Polish transport infrastructure. Today, another crucial and large-scale investment has been added to the map of projects implemented with support from OPI&E funds. The European Union's support for more than PLN 23 million will not only allow Rzeszów Główny railway station to regain its unique character but significantly improve traveller services. Maintaining an environmentally friendly, accessible and safety-enhancing formula for the station reconstruction will certainly be widely appreciated," says Sylwia Cieślak-Wilk, deputy director of the Center for European Union Transport Projects.

In addition to restoring the station's modernist character and improving traveller comfort, the building will be fully adapted to the needs of people with disabilities by eliminating architectural barriers and introducing several improvements. Spaces related to traveller services will feature guided paths, Braille signage, tactile plans with the station name, and assistive devices for hearing aids at ticket windows. In addition to staircases, elevators will be used for communication in the building.

The reconstruction of Rzeszów Główny is also an investment in ecology and safety. The station will become energy efficient thanks to the new window and door woodwork, more efficient heating equipment and air handling units with heat recovery. Lighting made with LED technology will also be energy efficient. Optimization of electricity, water and heat consumption will be taken care of by the BMS (Building Management System), which will manage all installations in the building. In turn, modern monitoring, access control, burglary and assault signalling and fire alarm systems will improve the level of security at Rzeszow Central.

The investment involving the reconstruction of Rzeszów Główny railroad station, carried out by PKP S.A., is part of a larger project, the Rzeszów Communication Center, the creation of which also involves new development of the square in front of the station and the construction of an underground parking lot (in the scope of the city), as well as the modernization of the station's infrastructural elements (in the scope of PKP Polskie Linii Kolejowe). The urban part is co-financed with European funds from the Eastern Poland Operational Program 2014-2020.

The reconstruction of Rzeszów Główny station cost PLN 22.69 million gross. The investor is Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A., and the contractor for the works carried out under the "Design and Build" formula. - Budimex S.A. The planned completion date for the investment is the end of 2023.

 

Source: PKP Polskie Koleje Państwowe Press Releases

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