The European Commission said on March 15 that over €121 million from the Cohesion Fund will be invested in two major projects in Poland, which will improve connectivity in the country and encourage the shift towards low-emission mobility.
The first one is a €30 million investment package to purchase 35 modern and energy-efficient trams for the city of Cracow, serving the whole urban area. This investment will both increase safety and comfort for the passengers and promote environment-friendly transport modes.
The second project is worth over €91 million and aims at completing the modernisation works on the section between Warsaw and the town of Otwock, on the railway line 7 which links Warsaw to Lublin along the comprehensive Trans-European Transport Network.
Works include the reconstruction of major infrastructure such as bridges and viaducts as well as the construction of additional tracks to adjust to a heavier traffic of passengers and freight, reduce journey times and improve safety. Railway stations will be renovated, notably to ease access for persons with reduced mobility.
EU Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Crețu said that Cohesion Policy investments aim to boost regional development by facilitating access to major European transport networks while encouraging citizens to leave their cars at home and enjoy modern and clean public transport.