Malaszewicze intermodal terminal, source: PKP Cargo

Poland will construct new intermodal terminal

Poland intends to extend its network of intermodal facilities. A new container terminal will be constructed at Bydgoszcz Emilianowo railway station in the northwestern part of the country. It will become a new important junction on the Baltic-Adriatic corridor.

The location for the future terminal has been chosen due to its proximity to the Polish seaports of Gdynia and Gdansk, as well as the main route of New Silk Road. Bydgoszcz is situated halfway the route from Gdansk to Poznan, an important hub for container trains running from China to EU and back. Moreover, the planned facility will be well connected with other modes of transport. It will be located close to Bydgoszcz airport and two important roads – S10 (Warsaw-Szczecin) and S5 (Bydgoszcz – the Czech border).

Parties concerned

The detailed features of the new terminal are not yet revealed. It is known that Bydgoszcz Emilianowo railway station has a lot of railway sidings for shunting operations and enough space to construct the storage and handling facilities. They are owned by the Polish state-owned railway holding PKP S.A. It plans to allocate an investment area of ​​around 5.6 hectares for the construction of the new intermodal facility.

“Terminal projects have strategic importance for rail transport. That is why PKP S.A. participates in their construction. The concept in this area (Bydgoszcz Emilianowo railway station – RailFfreight) has already been developed”, said Mirosław Antonowicz, a Management Board member of PKP S.A. Besides PKP S.A. and local authorities, Port Authority of Gdynia and PKP Cargo are the parties concerned. All of them have already signed an agreement to join forces for the implementation of the project.

Baltic-Adriatic corridor

The new intermodal terminal at Bydgoszcz Emilianowo railway station will contribute to improving the rail freight connections within Poland and abroad. Since it will be located close to the Polish seaports, the future facility will enhance the rail transportation of goods between these ports and Silesian industrial companies.

For the Baltic-Adriatic corridor, the planned terminal will have a more significant consequence. “You should understand that it will be one of the places that will connect Baltic Sea with the Adriatic”, noted Łukasz Schreiber, secretary of state at Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland. It is worth to note that PKP Cargo, the largest rail freight operator in Poland, wants to be a leading logistics company on the Baltic-Adriatic corridor.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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