Project: Design and construction of Metro Line 2 central section with rolling stock purchase
Company: Warsaw Metro Ltd.
City: Warsaw, POLAND
Timing: 10/2009 - 10/2013
Case study: According to the „Strategy of sustainable development of the Warsaw transportation system until 2015 and beyond” the development of rail transport, including the construction of the second and third metro lines, is the most appropriate solution for transport problems that are expected in connection with still increasing number of Warsaw inhabitants. Construction of Metro Line 2 has been divided into stages, of which the first is the construction of the central section. This has been combined with the purchase of rolling stock for Metro Line 1 and 2, both undertakings under the same project in the framework of the EU “Infrastructure and Environment Programme”. This project is a financial and organizational joint venture of the Capital City of Warsaw and Warsaw Metro Ltd. Company Warsaw Metro is responsible for buying the rolling stock and for implementation of the Project as a whole. It acts as the Project Management Company and Deputy Investor for and on behalf of the Capital City of Warsaw. Warsaw Metro Ltd is also the operator and administrator of the metro infrastructure, responsible for its modernization and maintenance. Company will launch and operate of the new metro section. The Project includes:
• Design and the construction of the central section of Metro Line 2 (length: 6.3 km, 7 stations, tunnel connection between Metro Line 1 and 2, sidetracks). TBMs specifically adopted for working in various hydro-geological conditions will be used to bore tunnels. The central section route runs along the east-west axis, crosses three districts of Warsaw, including the city centre, and runs under the Vistula river. Almost all along the distance the metro route runs under the dense urban development, including under the pre-war buildings having the status of historical monuments. Terms of reference include the requirement for full accessibility of all the metro facilities for the elderly, the disabled and people with children (relevant marking of access routes, availability of metro stations and cars, easy access to transport, information and emergency equipment). Elevators to connect the ground level with the platform level and the mezzanine level have been planned at all stations.
• Purchase of the metro rolling stock: 210 new cars, including: 120 metro cars combined in 20 six-car trains for the central section of Metro Line 2; and 90 metro cars in 15 six-car trains, for Metro Line 1 (existing).
Terms of reference set out detailed requirements as regards traffic security, safe carriage of persons, fire safety and the environment protection. In each car two seats for the disabled and the persons with children have been planned. Spacious carriages offer an easy access for wheelchairs, baby carriages and bicycles. Cars will have the monitoring system and a system for energy recovery during braking. The primary objective of the Project is to increase the share of public transport in all journeys performed within the city area. Direct effects of the Project: improved communication along the east-west axis, one more communication route to cross the Vistula river, improved communication along the north-south axis through increased carrying capacity of Metro Line 1, improved integration of the urban transport systems – through the convenient transfers to bus and tramway systems and Metro Line 1, improved integration of the urban transport with regional transport systems – through the location of the last station of the central section near the railway station, improved environment protection – through the reduction of noise and exhaust fumes and the reduction of energy consumption. The carrying capacity of the new section will be 38.5 thousand persons/hour (one-way). The carrying capacity of Metro Line 1 will improve – first, as the result of using the new rolling stock and second, as the result of carried out by Warsaw Metro Ltd modernisation of the train control system. Both of these will result in reduced interval between train departures down to 2 minutes. As the result of the Project implementation, the number of metro passengers will increase by approx. 44.5 million in 2014 r. According to the estimates, approx. 20% of that number will be the existing users of private cars. Vehicle traffic intensity in Warsaw is expected to fall by 6305 vehicle-kilometres/1 hour.
Design and construction of the central section of Metro Line 2. Cost approx. PLN 3,626,000,000 net. Investor: Capital City of Warsaw. Relevant funds have been provided for in the Multiannual Investment Program and the City budget. Purchase of the rolling stock - 120 metro cars to be used in the new central section, 90 metro cars to be used in the existing Line 1.Cost: approx. PLN 1,260,000,000 net. Investor: Warsaw Metro Ltd. Purchase will be financed by the Company’s own funds (approx. PLN 214,000,000) and by a long-term loan granted by EBRD. The loan will be repaid from the Company’s income from delivery of carriage services on Line 1 and 2 and from additional business activity consisting in rental of retail premises and advertising space in the metro. The City of Warsaw and the Company (acting as a Partner) applied for project co-funding from the EU Infrastructure and Environment Program. According to the pre-contract, the funding level will be approx. PLN 2,925,000,000.
PTx2 strategy: As the result of the project implementation, the share of public transport will grow up. Number of metro passengers will increase by approx. 44.5 million in 2014 r. According to estimates, approx. 20% of that number will be the current car users. The new metro line will become the main transport axis in the east-west direction. The rolling stock purchased by the Company is designed for the new metro section and for the existing Metro Line 1 in order to increase its carrying capacity up to one train/every 2 minutes. This, in turn, will improve communication along the north-south axis and contribute to higher efficiency and comfort of travel. Public transport accessibility will increase through solutions adopted for the disabled. Many other amenities will attract passengers. The Company’s objective is to maintain continuous growth in the number of passengers, while still ensuring high standard of services and maintaining the very positive image among customers.