29 September marked the signing of the contract for the construction of the western section of Line 2 of the metro, involving three stations and tunnels in the Wola district. The contractor will have 38 months to complete the construction.
“It’s very good news that Line 2 will expand further into left-bank Warsaw,” said Mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz. “This will provide local residents with a fast and convenient commute to the city centre, where they can take Line 1 of the metro to travel further.”
The project, worth an estimated PLN 1,147,999,590.00 gross, will be carried out by the winning bidder – Gülermak Ağir Sanayi İnşaat ve Taahhüt A.Ş. It will take 38 months to complete the construction. The contractor, along with two consortium members, was involved in the construction of the central section of Line 2, which has been in operation for a year and a half. The “Metroprojekt” design studio has been awarded the contract for the design of the western section of Line 2.
Wola getting closer to the centre
The metro system will expand further into the Wola district from the Rondo Daszyńskiego Station. The route will be about 3.4 kilometres long. The planned stations will include Płocka (C08), located under Płocka Street near the intersection with Wolska Street; Młynów (C07), to be located under Górczewska Street on the eastern side of the railway viaduct near Sokołowska and Syreny Streets; and Księcia Janusza (C06) under Górczewska Street near the intersection with Księcia Janusza Street, which will also feature holding tracks and a reversing track. The travel time between Księcia Janusza Station to Świętokrzyska Street will be about 12 minutes.
Construction in the Targówek district
The north-eastwards extension of Line 2 from Dworzec Wileński is already under construction. The new route will be 3.12 kilometres long. The planned stations include Szwedzka (C16) under Strzelecka Street on the eastern side of Szwedzka Street; Targówek (C17) near the intersection of Pratulińskiej Street with S. Ossowskiego Street and Trocka (C18) Street near the intersection of Pratulińskiej Street and Trocka Street. At the end of the section, there will be holding tracks and a reversing track. The contract was signed on 11 March 2016 and the works began in late April. The project, worth PLN 1,066,741,483.79 gross, is being carried out by the winning bidder from Italy – Astaldi S.p.A. The construction will take 38 months.
Public transport plays a key role in Warsaw’s transport system, being the most popular means of transport. The Warsaw Metro is the fastest and most efficient means of transport. The first line, all of whose sections have been in operation since October 2008, is used by about 500,000 passengers a day. Line 2 was launched on 8th March 2015 and now serves about 110,000 passengers daily. Both lines meet at the “Świętokrzyska” interchange station, providing for a convenient connection to many locations across the city. Once Line 2 expands towards the Targówek and Bemowo districts, the Warsaw Metro will provide the fastest and most convenient commute from these districts to the city centre. Also, the “Świętokrzyska” station will provide an interchange for routes serving the southern and northern parts of left-bank Warsaw. The metro system will ensure convenient transport, not only to school or work, but also to other popular locations, such as the Copernicus Science Centre, the Royal Route, the Museum of Praga, the Zygmunt Hübner Theatre, the Warsaw Zoological Garden, and the Vistula – one of the exits of the Centrum Nauki Kopernik Station on the left bank of the river leads directly to the Vistulan Boulevards, which are being transformed into a waterside leisure location for Varsovians.