SOLIDARITY Transport Hub (CPK), the company leading the infrastructure programme centred on a new airport between Warsaw and Łódź in Poland, has awarded a high-speed line design contract worth Zlotys 134m ($US 33.2m) to a Korean consortium.

Korea National Railway (KNR) and Dohwa Engineering will design the 70km line between Katowice and the Czech border, forming the Polish section of the high-speed line between Katowice and Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

The Katowice - Ostrava line will be designed for a maximum speed of 250km/h and will be one of the key sections of the new rail network being built by CPK, according to the company.

The line will from an important component of the European Union's Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), CPK says, connecting Katowice, Warsaw and Krakow with Brno, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest.

The project will also connect Jastrzębie-Zdrój to the railway network, and enable new and much faster regional connections between Rybnik, Żory, Wodzisław Śląski and Katowice. The new railway will serve a population of 3.6 million.

CPK says that its infrastructure programme includes the construction of 2000km of new railway, and that over 400km of new lines are now at the design stage.

On the 140km high-speed line between Warsaw and Łódź, the section between Warsaw and the new CPK airport hub is being design by Biuro Projektów Metroprojekt.

The continuation of the line to Łódź is being designed by a consortium of Egis Poland, Egis Rail and Jaf-Geotechnika.

Design work on the 200km Łódź - Wrocław high-speed line has been divided into four lots, with the Łódź - Sieradz section awarded to Egis and Sieradz - Kępno being designed by a consortium of BBF and IDOM.

The Kępno - Czernica Wrocławska section has been awarded to a consortium of MGGP and Voessing Polska, while Systra is responsible for the final lot from Czernica Wrocławska to Wrocław. 

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