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PKP S.A. announces the beginning of the construction works at the Racoborz train station. What so exciting can the passengers expect?

PKP S.A. announces the beginning of the construction works at the Racoborz train station. What so exciting can the passengers expect?
photo: PKP S.A./PKP S.A. announces the beginning of the construction works at the Racoborz train station. What so exciting can the passengers expect?
12 / 07 / 2022

Functionally designed space, a terrace over the main entrance, a cubist body, and modernly decorated interiors, as well as green walls on the facade, are just some of the features of the Raciborz train station after reconstruction. PKP S.A. has signed an agreement with the contractor for the work.

The reconstruction of the Raciborz train station is one of six investments carried out in the Silesian province as part of the 2016-2023 Train Station Investment Program, which will give the station a completely new face and function. It will cease to be just a building serving travelers and become the center of Raciborz's cultural life. The event marking the signing of the agreement with the general contractor for the reconstruction of the Racibórz station was attended by Krzysztof Golubiewski, a member of the PKP S.A. board of directors, Michal Woś, secretary of state at the Ministry of Justice, Jan Kanthak, secretary of state at the Ministry of State Assets, and Dariusz Polowy, mayor of Racibórz.

The lump of the existing station built in the 1970s will undergo a huge metamorphosis. The building will consist of three functionally connected segments. The station's facade will get a modern and somewhat industrial look. The façade is designed with large-scale glazing to illuminate the building's interiors. On the first floor, between the storefronts, wire facade cladding has been decided, while on the first floor, the spaces between will be filled with clinker brick. An interesting decorative element in the central, most representative part of the façade, will be the placement of posts made of corten sheet metal at the height of the second floor. It is a specific type of sheet metal, the top layer of which resembles rust, used in architecture to give the space an industrial character. They "break the order" on the facade, adding to its peculiar character. The top of the central part will be covered with a clock and an illuminated inscription with the train station's name. In addition to the facade, the south wall of the building will be particularly interesting. A 60-square-meter "green wall" has been designed there, on which almost five hundred plants of seven species are to grow, including, among others, arborvitae, common periwinkle, and sedge. The façade of the station will get a new illumination highlighting its body.


The station, after reconstruction, will be smaller than at present. In its central part, on the first floor, a modernly decorated space for travelers' service has been designed, i.e., the lobby and the adjacent waiting room. Attention will be drawn, in particular, to the interior design, combining fashionable "grays" with cladding made of weathering sheet metal. The interior design will be complemented by benches, display cases for timetables, electronic boards for train arrivals and departures, and modern lighting. Right next to the waiting room and lobby, a bicycle parking area will be located in one of the rooms. It will accommodate at least 26 unicycles. Cyclists will also find a bicycle repair station there. After the reconstruction, the access route to the platforms will change slightly. We will get to the tunnel leading towards them through a direct passage via the central part of the building or by heading from the waiting room. On the first floor of the central part of the building, a summer waiting room has been designed, which is also a viewing terrace - an open space covered by a roof with a fanlight in the central part, with greenery and small architecture. One can access it from the platform or by elevator from the station's first floor. From the terrace, which will be located on the viewing axis of Mickiewicza Street, it will be possible to see, among other things, the tower of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Thanks to the reconstruction, the wings of the building will gain completely new functions. In the northern part, space for the Racibórz municipality has been designed on the first floor, and on the second floor - offices for railroad companies. The southern wing, meanwhile, will house retail and service establishments at street level and a cultural zone run by the local government on the first floor.

"The commencement of the reconstruction of the Raciborz train station is further evidence of how the Polish railroad is changing. Thanks to the investment, residents will gain a modern, comfortable and safe station combining transport, socio-cultural and commercial functions. We are also pleased that it will have many environmentally friendly solutions, such as photovoltaic panels, rainwater recovery, and energy-efficient lighting," says Maciej Małecki, secretary of state at the Ministry of State Assets.


"The signing of a contract for the reconstruction of the Raciborz railroad station is another element of the great modernization of the Polish railroad. The city's residents will thus gain access to safe and comfortable railroad infrastructure. I hope that the modernized station building will become a landmark and an important point on the map of Raciborz and make it easier for passengers to travel around Silesia. All this is thanks to the Railway Station Investment Program, under which the Polish government will allocate more than PLN 2 billion for the modernization of nearly 200 railway stations by 2023," comments Andrzej Bittel, secretary of state at the Ministry of Infrastructure.

"Thanks to the reconstruction, the Raciborz train station will undergo a real metamorphosis. It will become comfortable, safe, and environmentally friendly. Inside, travelers will find a tastefully and modernly decorated travel service area and an urban cultural zone. Of the more interesting architectural solutions, a terrace on the building's roof and a "green wall" built of plants on the station's southern elevation are worth mentioning," says Ireneusz Maślany, a member of the PKP S.A. management board.

The new-look Racibórz station building will be accessible to people with limited mobility. Architectural barriers will be eliminated. New solutions will appear in the building, such as guidelines with attention boxes, Braille signage, elevators, ramps, and others that will positively affect passenger comfort.

The investment is not limited to improving aesthetics and increasing passenger comfort. Several environmental solutions will be implemented at the station, too. Among them are energy-efficient lighting, recovery of rainwater and its use as gray water, ventilation with heat recovery, and photovoltaic panels for obtaining "green energy." Security in and around the station will be improved thanks to modern monitoring and a fire safety system.

A small parking lot will be built on the south side of the station, and sidewalks will be renovated along the building.

The investment in Raciborz will cost a little more than PLN 30 million gross. It is subsidized by the state budget. The investor is Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A., which is rebuilding the Raciborz railroad station as part of the Station Investment Program for 2016-2023. The contractor for the work is Texom sp. z o.o. from Krakow, and the design documentation was prepared by GPVT S.C. studio from Poznan. The planned completion date is the first half of 2024.


Source: PKP S.A. Press Releases