May 13, 2013

Contract awarded for Krakow Airport link upgrade

Written by  Marco Chiandoni
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Contract awarded for Krakow Airport link upgrade Photo: Hubert Wagula

POLISH infrastructure manager PKP PLK has awarded Astaldi a Zlotys 240m ($US 57.3m) contract to upgrade the 11km Balice Express rail link between Krakow Central station and the John Paul II International Airport at Balice.

The project involves upgrading the double-track section between Krakow Central and Krakow Mydlniki, construction of a second track on the branch from Mydlinki to Balice. The existing Balice station will be relocated closer to the terminal, while the only existing intermediate station at Lobzów will be rebuilt and three new stations will be constructed at Rolniczy University, Krakow Zakliki, and Krakow Krzyzowka.

Construction is due to start in the second half of this year and will take 18 months to complete.

Astaldi is already involved in a major project to extend and modernise the airport, which is used by around 8 million passengers per year.

Photo: Hubert Wagula

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