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Anniversary of the Opening of the Central Section of the Second Line of the Underground

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Anniversary of the Second Line of the Underground. Fot. R.Motyl
Anniversary of the Second Line of the Underground. Fot. R.Motyl

35 million – that many passengers took advantage of the central section of the second line of the underground. It was 8 March when a year passed since seven new stations have been opened.

It was exactly 8 March 2015 when the central section of the second line of the underground was opened for passengers. It took four years to build the central section. On average it transports more than 110 000 passengers on weekdays, that is as many as it was supposed to transport no sooner than after three years since it has been opened according to preliminary predictions. The train covers the section from the Rondo Daszyńskiego station to the Dworzec Wileński station (6.1 km) in 11 minutes. A connecting area between the first and the second line of the underground at the Świetokrzyska station is passed by approximately 40 000 people a day.

From 8 March until the end of the month, a presentation containing interesting facts summing up the first year of operation of the central section will be beamed on the multimedia gallery screens (the Świętokrzyska station). Passengers will find out for example that within only one year the trains on the central section covered distance of the equivalent of 28 encirclements of the Earth, and that the longest escalator in Poland has more than 40 meters and is located on the Centrum Nauki Kopernik station.

For the implementation of the central section of the second line of the underground, the Metro Warszawskie Company received a title of a laureate of the "Polish Infrastructure Diamonds" competition in the Investment of the Year category. The award was granted during the 7th edition of the "Polish Infrastructure" conference which was held on 23 February 2016 in Warsaw.

The Underground will be Longer
Expansion of the second line to include next stations will be commenced still in this half year: three towards the Targówek district and three towards the Bemowo district. Approximately 3.4 km of the underground will be built in the western direction (from Rondo Daszyńskiego). The most advantageous offer in a tender was placed by the Turkish company Gülermak Ağir Sanayi İnşaat ve Taahhüt A.Ş.
Approximately 3.12 km of the route will be built in the north-eastern direction (from Dworzec Wileński). The most advantageous offer in a tender was placed by the company Astaldi S.p.A. from Italy. Since the date the contracts are signed, the Contractors will have 38 months to implement the investment project.

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