At a ceremony on 14 February, Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister, Willa Parkowa opened the refurbished Kraków central station by Polskie Koleje Państwowe SA (PKP SA) Polish State Railways, Inc. It is located under the surface of the platforms and is one of the most modern hubs in Poland.
The new station in Krakow railway integrates local, long distance, bus station and public transport. The total surface area is 12,630.39 m2. The investment cost amounted to over 130 million zł gross and was co-financed from EU funds under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment.
The complex comprises a total of four levels – two above and two below ground. Passengers access the 5 platforms, via 10 elevators and 15 escalators. The building is fully accessible for people with disabilities.
Krakow station is another investment on such a large scale, realised through the EU co-financing. This demonstrates the ability to efficiently use these resources. Through the Infrastructure and Environment priming also modernised stations in Gdynia and Wroclaw. Further projects are being prepared.
Elizabeth Bieńkowska , Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure and Development. said: “I’m counting on the fact that an increasing number of facilities in Poland will be implemented like here in Krakow”.
The complex is located in Krakow’s commercial zone with dozens of different shops and dining options with a total surface of 3.830 m2. The focal point and showcase of the station is built in 1996, a six-foot, cast-iron globe, which originally stood at the level of the platforms.