Almost 250,000 cars enter Cracow every day (source: report of Municipal Administration Department in City Hall of Krakow), the city is most congested in Poland and vehicle traffic also contributes to formation of smog. However, ecological alternative in transportation is railway and soon it will be even more friendly to the city and its inhabitants thanks to modernization of main railway line running through Krakow. In this episode, we will take a closer look at this investment. Let’s watch! Time on railways for Cracow! E30 railway line is one of two Trans-European transport corridors crossing Poland from east to west. Route also passes diametrically through Kraków and on the almost 20-kilometers-long section between Krakow Main Cargo (Kraków Główny Towarowy) station and Rudzice is currently undergoing a huge modernization. Works will enable to obtain a railway system in the Krakow agglomeration that resembles the human circulatory system, where: – the heart, center of agglomeration passenger service and, above all, long-distance passenger, is Krakow Main Passenger (Kraków Główny Osobowy) station, – aorta, the largest artery, is a 4-track section between Main and Płaszów stations. A part of line will be created thanks to construction of 2 agglomeration tracks and modernization of 2 currently existing for long-distance traffic, which will allow independent servicing of both types of connections. Four-track section runs in dense building area of Krakow, crosses many streets, so it is led on flyovers and viaducts. Longest sequence of extended and renovated objects is 850-meters-long, and viaduct within Grzegórzecka street is over 150 years old! Works are therefore under watchful eye of conservator. Line crosses Vistula River in Krakow and previously existing bridge will be replaced by three parallel arched bridges. Their constructions will consist of 3 arches of different sizes and longest span will be 116-meters-long. New bridges on Vistula are the most spectacular objects of this investment. – remaining arteries of railway system are: three-track section between Płaszów and Bieżanów stations and two-track sections deriving traffic from Krakow. On route, stations and stops are being modernized. Two new stops will also be built in Krakow at Grzegórzecka street and in Złocień. There is no other such investment in Poland today in railway, which would take place on line crossing diametrically large city in half. Scale of the task is huge, it was a challenge to maintain railway traffic during investment and to set up additional tracks that will ensure running of a larger number of trains. For Krakow, this route may become a transport backbone, such as the metro in Capital City. Speed at which trains will move is also important – on engineering facilities in center even up to 100 km/h and on regular route up to 160 km/h. This will ensure a much shorter travel time. The modernized line will improve integration of railway with the city and, as a result, area of Krakow agglomeration – with new and modernized interchanges, adapted to serve people with mobility limitations. The value of the entire project exceeds 1 billion PLN, it is implemented as part of “Connecting Europe” instrument for 2014-2020. Meanwhile, thanks for your attention and see you next time. Bye!