Warsaw’s railway stations…

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or the dance of the seven fails

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Opening slide of PKP’s Powerpoint presentation – Railway Stations of the Warsaw loop.

(Click side to download the presentation as a ppt file – from PKP SA website.)

PKP SA, the Polish State Railway Company, has prepared a Powerpoint presentation of its development plans for Warsaw’s railway stations and has made it possible to download the presentation from its website. (You need to have Microsoft’s Powerpoint program installed on your computer before you can view it.) The presentation is in Polish, but a great deal of the information is presented in the form of graphics which are self-explanatory. here are our observations and our recommendations – the latter in italics.

  1. Warsaw’s northern loop is completely ignored. Of the northern loop stations only Warszawa Gdanska is shown as being modernised, but no details are given.

    Invest in the northern loop line. Run a London Circle Line style circular service from Warszawa Śródmiescie, through W-wa Powisle, W-waStadion, Radzyminska (new station to connect with the W-wa Wilenska line), Starzynskiego (new station to connect with buses and trams), W-wa Zoo, W-wa Gdanska, Rydigiera (new station to connect with buses, trams and ‘Arcadia’ shopping centre), W-wa Gorczewska, W-wa Kacprzaka and W-wa Zachodnia (new connection and platforms).

  2. The plan to retain the present location and rail layout of Warszawa Centralna is short-termism at its worst. Central Warsaw desrves a world class station with suburban trains and the Metro within easy walking distance. The existing arrangements where mainline trains, suburban trains and the Metro are all in different locations is a disgrace.

    By all means give the existing station building a facelift in time for Euro 2012. But then use the time so gained to design a really world class station next to Warszawa Srodmiescie on the corner of ul. Marszalkowska and al. Jerozolimskie. (The original site of Warszawa Glowna prior to WW II). If space is as tight as PKP claim it is, build it on two levels – Eastbound trains on top, Westbound on the bottom.

  3. And what of the Poland’s high speed line? Where are its trains supposed to terminate?.

    See above.

  4. The new Warszawa Wschodnia. The ticket hall looks like the existing Warszawa Wschodnia. Station design has changed dramatically (shops, cafes) but PKP seems content with designs that it last produced for the communist government in the 1970s.

    Hold an open competition for this important site.

  5. W-wa Stadion – ditto.

    See above.

  6. Port lotniczy Warszawa Okecie – Ghastly! The Cracovians have done a much better job with their new tram stop underneath Krakow Glowny station.

    Can someone explain to me why this station and its branchline is even being built? You could run fast trams down the middle of al. Zwirki i Wigury for a quarter of the cost and in half the time!

  7. Warszawa Zachodnia. Details about passenger facilities, car parking and public transport integration conspicuous by their absence.

    Given that Zachodnia is also Warsaw’s biggest bus station, surely some thought should have been given to the practicalities of passengers transferring between road and rail?

Overall the presentation seems designed to help PKP sell its property development plans to the Mayor of Warsaw and her council with very little thought being given to creating a modern railway that caters to the needs of its passengers.

Overall result – F.

More details (in Polish):

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One Response to “Warsaw’s railway stations…”

  1. Michael Dembinski Says:

    Central Warsaw desrves a world class station with suburban trains and the Metro within easy walking distance. The existing arrangements where mainline trains, suburban trains and the Metro are all in different locations is a disgrace.

    My guess is that the walk from St Pancras Piccadilly line platform to the Thameslink platform is a darn sight longer than from Centralna to the Metro. And I’m sure you’ve also lugged a heavy suitcase up the stairs from Victoria’s District and Circle line platforms to the rail terminus. BUMP BUMP BUMP. Or ran for a mainline train at Paddington all the way from the Hammersmith and City line platforms 15 and 16.

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