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11 August 2004

Mott MacDonald wins contract to help improve Poland’s railways

Mott MacDonald and its Polish consortium partner railway Kolprojekt has been awarded a contract by the PKP Polish Railways Lines S.A., which is responsible for the management of the 23 000 km national rail network.

Poland’s railway network provides sufficient route coverage and transport links but its quality has deteriorated since the late 1980s due to lack of funding. This has led to operational difficulties such as bottleneck location speeds being restricted to as low 40 kph in some cases and a reduction in trackbed quality. The improvement works under this contract will concentrate on key Pan-European corridors, which are used by the majority of the intercity and international rail traffic. The works are located at 134 critical sites throughout the rail network in southern and western Poland and will increase speeds by between 20 and 100 kph. The project will enhance transport quality through increasing the network capacity and freight and passenger traffic volumes as well as contributing towards reducing travelling time, energy usage, rail maintenance and operating costs.

Mott MacDonald’s role on the € 135.5 million Cohesion funded project will cover all supervisory work including co-ordination of the works and financial analysis of the construction contracts. The scope of the railway infrastructure and system improvement works will include trackwork, earthworks, engineering structures and level crossings, together with modernisation of the catenary system. The construction contracts will be undertaken in accordance with FIDIC.

“We are very pleased to be working with our Polish partners on a project that will contribute to a faster and safer railway transport system within the trans-European network through Poland”, says Stuart Thompson, Mott MacDonald railways business development director.

The project will be completed by 2008.

Note to editors
1. Cohesion Fund is one of three financial instruments the European Union is using to assist candidate countries in preparing for accession. From the year 2000, a total of EUR 1 040 million a year (at 1999 prices) has been made available for infrastructure projects in the field of environment and transport.
Its main priorities in preparing the applicant countries for accession will be:
• Familiarising them with the policies and procedures of the Union
• Helping them catch up with EU environmental standards
• Expanding and linking with the trans-European transport networks
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