The local government of the Lodz Voivodeship has given the go-ahead for the construction of a new multimodal terminal in Karśnice and has applied for EU funding.

Another Polish terminal will serve the growing traffic on the Silk Road

Фото: Адам Купневски

This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Kurier Kolejowy. If funding is approved, a large new logistics center will be built in central Poland to service transit trains on the New Silk Road.

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The construction of the logistics center in Karśnice is the main investment project of PKP Cargo, the national carrier of rail freight. The company believes that the terminal in a convenient geographic location fits perfectly into its development strategy.

Karśnice is located at the intersection of two important cargo lines (131 and 14), which connect north-south, cross east-west and pass near the S8 motorway. PKP Cargo plans to build here one of the largest transshipment terminals in Poland.

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The new facility will cover an area of ​​23 hectares and will be equipped with two railway cranes and nine driveways, a loading and storage area and related infrastructure such as roads and a parking lot. The terminal target capacity is 4,500 TEU, and the capacity is 220,000 TEU per year.

The construction funds amount to about 100 million zlotys (about 22 million euros),  4.6 million of which is from the European Union.

The terminal is supposed to provide integrated logistics services for China-Europe trains traveling through Poland, where Lodz is already an important point of the corridor. In addition, it is supposed to serve domestic trains from Polish ports to the south.

According to the initial plans of PKP Cargo, the terminal in Karśnice was to be commissioned in 2021. However, fundraising was not successful. In 2019, the company signed a corresponding agreement with the parent company PKP SA, and in 2020 also established a special company for this purpose (called the Central Multimodal Terminal).

At the beginning of last year, the EU application for financial support for the project was rejected and the construction plan was suspended. This time, the application is in the group of non-competitive investments, and there are relatively more chances for its positive consideration.

PKP Cargo has high hopes for this and announced that it will seek channels other than the EU to raise funds for the construction.

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