Polish rail get €415.7 million boost
By Helen Wright10 January 2012
The Polish government has approved a PLN1.86 billion (€415.7 million) 2012 budget for the country's railway fund, of which PLN987.2 million (€220.7 million) has already been earmarked to be spent this year.
According to information provider PMR, the rail funds will be used for urgent investment projects. These include PLN272 million (€60.8 million) on railway infrastructure projects in 2012, PLN267 million (€59.7 million) of which will be transferred to rail management company PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) and PLN5 million (€1.1 million) will go to Tricity fast urban railway operator Szybka Kolej Miejska.
The upgrade and maintenance of Poland's railway infrastructure in 2012 will cost PLN70 million (€15.6 million).
Furthermore, PKP PLK will receive PLN14.6 million (€3.3 million) for running expenses incurred in railway infrastructure management and Voivodship authorities will receive PLN150 million (€33.5 million) for the organisation of regional passenger rail services.