Rail Baltica signs Polish cooperation agreement

On 21 June 2022, the management representatives from the Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS and Solidarity Transport Hub Poland (Centralny Port Komunikacyjny Sp. z o.o. – CPK) met in Rīga to discuss and agree on further cooperation potential and formats. During the meeting an agreement between the two parties was signed to formalise the further partnership intentions, RB Rail said in a release on June 27.

“To ensure full integration with the TEN-T network, efficient connections with Poland are unquestionably significant. We are therefore particularly pleased to strengthen our collaboration with STH, who not only in a way share similar challenges but more importantly – opportunities to those in the Rail Baltica global project. Cooperation between both mega projects is seen of strategic importance in the joint efforts to strengthen the European transport area”, said RB Rail AS Management Board member and Chief Technical Officer Marc-Philippe El Beze.

Solidarity Transport Hub Poland is a planned transfer hub between Warsaw and Łódź, which will integrate air, rail, and road transport. The development envisages the construction of Solidarity Airport located 37 km west of Warsaw and covering the space of 3,000 ha. During the first stage, the airport will be able to handle 40 million passengers a year.

The STH Railway Program consists of a total of 12 railway routes, including 10 “spokes” leading from various regions of Poland to Warsaw and the Solidarity Airport. Cross-border connections are also planned – preparatory works are already in progress for the section connecting Poland with the Czech Republic on the Katowice – Ostrava line. Connections to Ukraine (with Lviv and Kyiv) are also planned.

“We welcome close cooperation with Rail Baltica and I’m confident the agreement signed is a vital step towards cross-border integration, leading to greater connectivity and cohesion”, said Mikołaj Wild, CEO at the Solidarity Transport Hub.

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