The European Commission has approved an investment of over €234 million from the Cohesion Fund to upgrade almost 117-kilometre of the Skawina-Zakopane railway line in Southern Poland.
“Thanks to this EU investment, we want to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home and use safe, reliable and comfortable trains instead,” EU Cohesion and Reforms Commissioner Elisa Ferreira said. “With fewer cars on the road, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced. Moreover, the new railway infrastructure will provide easier access for people with reduced mobility, in line with Cohesion Policy’s motto not to leave anyone behind,” she added.
According to the Commission, the project will improve the quality, efficiency and safety of railway transport between the towns of Skawina and Zakopane, and more generally on the Kraków-Zakopane corridor.
The project will ensure better integration of Southern Poland’s railway network with the transport system of the rest of the country and with the EU’s TEN-T network, the Commission said, adding that the project will start to be operational as of 2024.