Polish trains to run at 250 km/h by 2023, says official

Trains in Poland will be able to travel at 250 km/h along many kilometres of new track by 2023, the infrastructure minister announced on Thursday.

Speaking at a press conference on the signing of a framework contact on the provision of services by national intercity carrier PKP Intercity, the infrastructure minister Andrzej Adamczyk said: "Still in this decade, as early as 2023, for the first time we will travel on Polish rails at a speed of 250 km/h. It's in this decade that we will start building new rail lines on a scale not known in Polish history."

He went on to explain that the new lines are primarily linked to the construction of the Central Transportation Port (CPK), an ambitious project to create a central airport and road/rail hub between Warsaw and the central city of Łódz.

The railway investments in the CPK project involve a total of almost 1,800 kilometres of new lines that are to be built by the end of 2034. Preparatory work has already started on over 500 kilometres of the new routes.

The CPK Railway Programme comprises 12 rail routes including 10 “spokes” leading from various regions of Poland to Warsaw and the CPK.