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Kolej Plus Programme: 1,200 km of Rail Lines in Poland Receive Colossal Funding

Kolej Plus Programme: 1,200 km of Rail Lines in Poland Receive Colossal Funding
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29 / 04 / 2022

Under the Kolej Plus programme, 11 Polish voivodships with more than 1 200 km of railway lines qualify for co-financing, receiving a total of 34 investments in railway infrastructure. The projects cover lines' modernisation, reconstruction and construction to provide better access to services in places with low-quality or non-existent railway connections.

In particular, the programme includes ten revitalisation projects with a total length of 315 km, 14 projects for the reconstruction of line extensions with a total length of 516 km, seven projects for the construction of new railway lines of 189 km and three documentation projects concerning 183 km of railway lines.

The railway projects will be distributed by voivodships as follows:

  • 7 in Śląskie Voivodeship
  • 5 in Lubelskie Voivodeship
  • 5 in Greater Poland Voivodeship (Wielkopolska)
  • 4 in the Małopolskie Voivodeship
  • 4 in Mazowieckie Voivodeship
  • 3 in Dolnośląskie Voivodeship
  • 2 in Łódzkie Voivodeship
  • 1 in Lubuskie Voivodeship
  • 1 in Opolskie Voivodeship
  • 1 in Podlaskie Voivodeship
  • 1 in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, the budget for the Kolej Plus programme will be increased to EUR 2.3bn (PLN 11bn), which will finance all 34 investment projects instead of the 17 previously envisaged. The conditions for the investments include at least 15% co-financing by the applying entities with further mandatory commissioning of at least four pairs of trains for more than five years.

"Congratulations to all local governments whose projects have been qualified for implementation under the Kolej Plus Programme. Our goal is to counteract communication exclusion. The great interest of local governments in the programme proves that in Poland railway is an important element for the development of regions," Andrzej Adamczyk, the Minister of Infrastructure, said.