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Navigating towards investment success
Navigating towards investment success - another round of major investments at the Port of Gdansk
In October 2016, the Port of Gdansk
What stages were planned as part of the individual projects, what scope of construction and modernisation work was included, and what changes in the context of the quality of access infrastructure will they bring?
The first one, called "Expansion and modernisation of the road and railway network at the Outer Port in Gdansk" is
The investment will require not only the modernisation of existing infrastructure facilities, but also the construction of new ones with the purpose of improving road and railway access to individual quays located in the deepwater part of the port.
The new facilities will include two flyovers along Kontenerowa street and the newly designed Nowa Portowa street, which will run parallel to the main line of communication at the Outer Port, i.e. the Sucharskiego Route. Both flyovers will enable separated road and railway traffic to the DCT container terminal and towards the other deepwater terminals located in this part of the port. At the moment, existing railway communication lines cross the roads, which considerably limits parallel traffic on both routes, the railway and the road.
The modernisation will also cover the other two flyovers providing traffic to terminals located at the Outer Port. One of them is the flyover along Portowa street running over railway tracks, providing car traffic to the bulk terminal of the Port Polnocny company, the newly built PERN oil terminal, and the LPG Pier. The other one is the flyover along Kapitana Witolda Poinca street, located over
Additionally, the project will involve comprehensive expansion of Kontenerowa street providing traffic to the DCT container terminal, the Pomeranian Logistics Centre, and the planned agricultural type bulk cargo terminal of the OT Logistics company. At the moment, the traffic capacity of the road is insufficient, this is why the project involves its widening by adding the second roadway. Ultimately, there will be
Aware of the current situation and the predicted increase in motor traffic at the port in the coming years, in the whole investment process concerning road infrastructure, the Port of Gdansk Authority decided that the roads covered by the project will be at least traffic category KR5/KR6 roads. In practice, this means that at least 330 six-axle 40-tonne vehicles per lane per day will be able to travel down these roads. In the case of category KR6 roads, the capacity will be even higher. Each of the roads will also have the maximum permissible load capacity in public traffic, at the level of 115 kN per vehicle axle.
However, these are not all of the solutions included in the project. Ultimately, the investment will also involve undertakings aiming at improving the quality and capacity of railways. The group of tracks leading to the bulk terminal of the Port Polnocny company will be expanded, among others. This will result in increasing railway traffic capacity and streamlining ongoing operations on the dedicated group, which currently generates the largest volume of railway traffic at the Port of Gdansk.
On account of the planned construction of the agro-terminal of the OT Logistics company, also the railway tracks leading to the terminal will be modernised. The greatest change, however, will affect the railway system leading to the container terminal.
The entire undertaking will be complemented by investments planned by the Gdansk Municipality, which will focus solely on the improvement of road accessibility. As part of this undertaking, the Municipality is planning the construction of two streets, i.e. Nowa Portowa street and current Andruszkiewicza street, running perpendicularly to it, the course of which is to be extended to the container terminal, along the Pomeranian Logistics Centre.
These projects will also be correlated at the contact points with the project of the railway track administrator, PKP PLK S.A. (the project called "Improvement of railway access to the Port of Gdansk"), involving the modernisation of the stations serving the Port of Gdansk - the PKP Gdansk Port Polnocny station in this case.
This huge undertaking will also complement the whole system already completed by the Gdansk Municipality (the Slowackiego and Sucharskiego Routes), the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (the Southern Ring Road and the A1 motorway), and PKP PLK (railway line no. 226). The hub created this way will constitute the primary transport axis for traffic running across the Port of Gdansk and leading to it.
However, these are not all of the investment activities planned by the port. We will soon provide information on more projects upcoming at the port.
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