Poland will be the biggest beneficiary of the upcoming EU financial perspective for 2021–2027. Around 170 billion euros is expected to be dedicated to the country. In total, 16 billion euros has been set aside for the development of rail transport. This is concluded in the Polish Railway Market 2020-2021 report, prepared by Jana Pieriegud and commissioned by the Economic and Commercial Department of the Dutch Embassy in Poland.
The report presents the possibilities for railway industry investors, which according to Pieriegud are numerous. Although the EU funds are still to be approved by the European Commission, the coming financial period will see a significant increase in EU funds for the Polish railway market. Pieriegud will present the report at the RailFreight Summit in Lodz, which starts tomorrow. The report will be made available by the Dutch Embassy for visitors to the summit.
Poland’s economic forecasts are favourable, the report explains. Regional authorities and passenger railway operators are particularly interested in hybrid and hydrogen-powered multiple units, and double-decker units for push-pull trains. Freight operators intend to purchase electric locomotives equipped with on-board European Train Control System (ETCS), and intermodal platforms. The entire envisaged investment in railway infrastructure totals about 14.3 billion euros. This is 1.1 billion euros in passenger rolling stock and 550 million euros in freight locomotives and wagons.