Poland: preparing to modernize the Terespol-Brest border crossing (according to information of the “Zheleznye dorogi mira” Journal)


The Polish railway infrastructure operator PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) and the Polish company BBF signed a contract for the development of a feasibility study for the construction of a new railway bridge with double gauge (1520 and 1435 mm) across the Bug river and the modernization of the Terespol station, including laying of 1520-mm gauge tracks. The project is being implemented as part of the programme to improve the accessibility of the Terespol-Brest border crossing. The contractor must develop the financial and economic models required to apply to the EU for funding.

As a result of the modernization, the Terespol station will be able to receive more trains with a length of 1050 m with an axle load of 25 tons. Specialized tracks will appear to accommodate damaged wagons, as well as footpaths between the tracks for the convenience of personnel of customs and border services.

Works at the Terespol station are also planned within the framework of the PKP PLK project for the modernization of the E20 Siedlce-Terespol line. The passenger platforms will undergo renovation and be adapted for passengers with disabilities, as well as the underpass will be reconstructed. The local train control center will be equipped with computers to improve the safety of the transportation process. This project is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility programme. The total amount of the project is PLN 540 million (EUR 117.7 million), the EU share is PLN 360 million (EUR 78.5 million). The modernization of the station is planned for 2022 – 2024.

The commissioning of the new bridge will increase the capacity of the border crossing, as well as separate freight and passenger train flows (photo: PKP PLK).