The Central Communications Port Company (CPK) is currently in an advanced stage of preparing a feasibility and environmental study for approximately 100 km Line 5. The aim is to develop specific documentation for the railway line and its recommended route. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Rynek Lotniczy.

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The innovation lies in the fact that line No. 5 will not end in Bełżec, as originally planned, but will be completed to the border with Ukraine. The additional section from Bełżec to the border will be about 15 km. This means that in the future – if such a decision is made – it will be possible to extend it to Lviv, and ultimately to Kyiv.

According to the current schedule, the Trawniki – Bełżec line is to be built by the end of 2032 in two phases. The first Trawniki – Zamość will be built by the end of the first quarter of 2030. The other, Zamość – Bełżec – Polish-Ukrainian border, will be built by the end of the third quarter of 2032.

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On the main section of the planned railway line, passenger trains will travel at speeds up to 250 km/h (light freight trains: up to 120 km/h). In addition, the capacity of existing railway lines will increase for the needs of regional and freight transport.

After expanding towards Lviv and Kyiv, line No. 5 (Warsaw – Lublin – Trawniki – Zamość – Bełżec – border with Ukraine) will also serve Ternopil, Khmelnitsky and Vinnitsa on its way. All technical solutions on the Polish side are prepared in such a way that they can be implemented as soon as the decision on the extension is made.

The extension of the branch to Lviv continues to be in line with the plan for the reconstruction of Ukraine presented by the European Commission and the concept of extending the TEN-T corridors on the territory of Ukraine. No binding decisions have been made yet. The investment process will be able to start after a possible formula for its implementation at the intergovernmental level.

In terms of potential rolling stock capable of providing such a connection, there are several options. However, the most profitable solution is the construction of a new European standard railway line with a gauge of 1435 mm on the section Rava Russka – Lviv – Kyiv, which would allow the rolling stock to be operated without changing the gauge.

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