Another Polish terminal planned to handle growing Silk Road traffic
The Polish provincial government of Lodz has given the green light to the construction of a new multimodal terminal in Karsznice and has submitted an application for EU funding. If funding is approved, a new large logistics center will be born in central Poland to handle transit trains on the New Silk Road.
Karsznice is a village in central Poland in the county of Zduńska Wola, Lodz province. The construction of the logistics center in Kasnice is a core investment project of PKP Cargo, the Polish national rail freight company. The firm believes that a terminal in the advantageous geographical location of Karsznice perfectly fits its development strategy.
Kasnice is located at the intersection of two important freight lines (131 and 14), which connect north-south, traverses east-west, and is close to the S8 motorway. PKP Cargo hopes to build one of the largest transshipment terminals of Poland here. The new facility is expected to cover an area of 23 hectares and will be equipped with two railway cranes and nine sidings, an unloading and storage yard, and corresponding infrastructure such as roads and parking.
The target capacity of the depot storage area is 4,500 TEUs, with a capacity of 220,000 TEU per year. The construction funds are about 100 million Polish zlotys (about 22 million euros), of which 4.6 million Polish zlotys is requested from the European Union.
The terminal should provide comprehensive logistics services for the China-Europe trains running through Poland, where Lodz is already a hotspot on the corridor. In addition, it should serve domestic trains from Polish ports to the south.
Many twists and turns
In the initial planning of PKP Cargo, Kasnice terminal should be put into operation in 2021. However, the mobilisation of funds did not go well. As early as 2019, it signed a relevant agreement with the parent company National Railway PKP, and in 2020, it also established a special company (named Centralny Terminal Multimodalny) for this purpose. At the beginning of last year, an application to the European Union for funding support for the project was rejected, and the construction plan was halted.
This time the application is in the name of a non-competitive investment, and the chances of passing it are relatively higher. PKP Cargo has high hopes for this, and moreover, it said it will look for other channels besides the EU to obtain construction funds.