CPK Partners with Adif to Develop Poland’s First High-Speed Railway

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Spain’s railway infrastructure manager, Adif to advance the development of a high-speed railway network in Poland.

This agreement will leverage Adif’s experience in managing Europe’s longest high-speed network in Spain, which consists of almost 4,000 kilometres of active lines, with a further 1,600 kilometres in the planning phase.

Mikołaj Wild, president of CPK and Nicolas Puiggari, director for international affairs from the Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF)
Mikołaj Wild, president of CPK and Nicolas Puiggari, director for international affairs from the Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF)

This partnership builds on an intergovernmental cooperation agreement between Poland and Spain in 2021. Through this work, CPK and Adif engaged in a series of joint activities focused on enhancing operations for a liberalised rail market. This included a focus on optimising rail network capacity, developing railway hubs, and improving the delivery, installation and maintenance of high-speed rail assets.

Mikołaj Wild, CEO of CPK said:

“We have been working with the Spanish railway industry since 2021. This collaboration has resulted in the development of our HSR standards, which we now share with our partners in the CEE region. I’m convinced that the work with Adif will be a significant next step in gathering the best and direct know-how that will make the railway more accessible, more competitive, and more open to meeting the passengers’ needs. We appreciate that the work between Adif and CPK is being elevated to the next level.”

Under this latest agreement, CPK and Adif will work together on joint training programmes and study visits to explore topics such as the installation of track and the modernisation of signalling systems.

The partnership will also include mutual technical consultations to support the development of the rail network, including the implementation of a 2x25kV traction power system.

This work will assist CPK in successfully delivering its planned multimodal project, integrating air, rail and road transport. This includes the construction of a new airport alongside a rail interchange station in the centre of Poland.

The CPK hub will be connected to the region through a network of approximately 2,000 kilometres of new high-speed lines, reducing journeys between Warsaw and other large Polish cities to less than 2.5 hours.

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