Centralny Port Komunikacyjny has begun 2023 by looking back at its ten key milestones of 2022.

In the past year, major decisions were made that will have a direct impact on the shape of the new Polish airport, its capacity, its integration with the railways and its phased construction.

The airport has moved from the planning phase to the design phase. The application for an environmental decision concerning the airport, including the railway, roads and associated infrastructure, is pending.

A Voluntary Acquisition Programme (PDN) is also underway at the airport site. More than 650 owners and holders of properties have applied for the programme with a total area of more than 1,500 hectares. The programme was set up to acquire as many plots as possible through voluntary transactions, CPK said.

In the case of the long-distance tunnel in Łódź, the most advanced CPK investment, building plans and specifications are in place, a set of location decisions has been taken, and one of three planning permissions has been granted. The first tender is underway, which means that construction works will start next year.

Feasibility studies (STEŚ) are already being developed for 1,500km of the 2,000km planned 'spokes'. CPK already has investment for the 140km section of the high-speed railway between Warsaw and Łódź, the 200km between Łódź and Wrocław and the 40km between Stalowa Wola and Rzeszów.

A number of international partners were involved in the CPK project in 2022, among them Incheon Airport, the current strategic advisor, the design consortium Foster+Partners and Buro Happold as the master architect, and the design company Dar Al-Handasah as the master civil engineer.

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