On 23 June, Army engineers blew up the last obstacle on the route of the Strykow – Warsaw section of the new A2 – a viaduct built in the 1970s for the uncompleted ‘Olimpijka’ motorway at Nowa Wies near Zyrardow. Photo GDDKiA.
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Modernisation of Poland’s railways limps along. Key EU-funded projects are cancelled and Zbigniew Szafranski, the chairman of PKP’s infrastructure subsidiary, Polskie Linie Kolejowe, warns that at the end of the EU structural funding period 2007 – 2013, Poland’s railways will actually be in a worse state than they were at its start. Unless new funds are found, some 7,000 – 8,000 km of railways are expected to close.
Meanwhile Poland’s Ministry of Infrastructure has made road building its No.1 priority. Approvals processes have been simplified and new procedures introduced to ensure that the paperwork necessary to pull down EU funds can be generated on time.
The Ministry’s reforms are already bringing results. In June alone, Poland’s Trunk Road and Motorway Directorate, Generalna Dyrekcja Drog Krajowych i Autostrad, progressed a number of key projects:
|8 June||Miekow by-pass funding endorsed by MI||65 million PLN|
|14 June||Elk by-pass funding agreed by PARP|
|14 June||Oleck by-pass funding agreed by PARP|
|17 June||A1 motorway Torun-Kowal contracts signed||3.9 million PLN|
|18 June||Jaroslaw by-pass funding agreed by PARP|
|18 June||A1 motorway Lodz sections contracts signed||1,111 million PLN|
|18 June||Pabianice by-pass contract signed||514 million PLN|
|30 June||A4 motorway Krzyz section funding agreed||5,000 million PLN|
In May, the Directorate received refunds of 223 million PLN from the EU for expenditure it had incurred under the aegis of The Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program. During this period the Polish Statre Railways infrastructure company PKP PLK failed to recover any funding of its EU funded projects. Moreover in June the Ministry of Infrastructure cancelled two EU-funded modernisation projects: Szczecin – Poznan – Wroclaw, and Warsaw – Bialystok – Lithuania worth a total of 10,000 million PLN.
- Gazeta Prawna – PKP PLK stracą 6 mld zł z Unii (Polish)