About the project:
•modernisation of the station railway systems (1435, 1520 mm),
•development of railway traffic control systems,
•increased number of trains served,
•improved safety at rail-road level crossings,
•increased participation of the Małaszewicze Cargo Terminal in the clearance of trains at directions
from/to European Union and Eastern countries - Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, China – the New Silk Road.
Project title: „Modernization of railway infrastructure at the Małaszewicze Transloading Zone forming part of the Rail Freight Corridor no. 8, at the border between the EU and Belarus – studies”, action numer 2015-PL-TM0037-S
Financing agreement no INEA/CEF/TRAN/M2015/1129442 with the Innovations and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) signed on 03 November 2016.
Financing Agreement no CEF/017/2015 with the Centre for European Union Transport Projects (CUPT) signed on 22 November 2016.
Task title: Feasibility Study and Construction Design for project no 2015-PL-TM-0037-S, „Modernization of railway infrastructure at the Małaszewicze Transloading Zone forming part of the Rail Freight Corridor no. 8, at the border between the EU and Belarus – studies”
Contractor: SYSTRA S.A. Poland division based in Wrocław
Contract signed on: 9.10.2017
Task title: Technical, economic, financial and environmental advisory services for project no 2015-PL-TM-0037-S, „Modernization of railway infrastructure at the Małaszewicze Transloading Zone forming part of the Rail Freight Corridor no. 8, at the border between the EU and Belarus – studies”,
Contractor: WYG International Sp. z o.o. based in Warsaw
Contract signed on: 7.09.2018
Task title: Information and promotion activities for project no 2015-PL-TM-0037-S, . „Modernization of railway infrastructure at the Małaszewicze Transloading Zone forming part of the Rail Freight Corridor no. 8, at the border between the EU and Belarus – studies”,
Contractor: 2mgroup Komunikacja Biznesowa Sp. z o.o. Sp. K.
Contract signed on: 28.11.2018
Task title: Financial audit for project no 2015-PL-TM-0037-S, „Modernization of railway infrastructure at the Małaszewicze Transloading Zone forming part of the Rail Freight Corridor no. 8, at the border between the EU and Belarus – studies”,
Contract signed on:
Objectives and Benefits
The capacity of the Małaszewicze Cargo Terminal infrastructure to be increased up to the expected throughput capacity for trains received for the transshipment of goods and dispatch by rail to East and West.
In order to increase the throughput capacity of the Małaszewicze Cargo Terminal, it is necessary to modernise and expand 1435 mm and 1520 mm rail arrangements, as well as to develop modern rail traffic control systems.
Currently, a feasibility study is being prepared, to include financial, economic and technical analyses. The feasibility study will be prepared in 4 variants, with a recommendation and a building permit design.
a no-CAPEX variant (aimed at maintaining the existing condition)
modernisation of the existing railway infrastructure
modernisation and extension of the existing railway infrastructure
modernisation and extension of the existing railway infrastructure to a maximum extent
The “Connecting Europe” financing instrument has been devised to implement the European policy in the field of transport infrastructure. Its purpose is to support the development of a new transport infrastructure in Europe and the modernisation of the existing infrastructure.
Project 2015-PL-TM-0037-S „Modernization of railway infrastructure at the Małaszewicze Transloading Zone forming part of the Rail Freight Corridor no. 8, at the border between the EU and Belarus – studies” is co-financed by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund under the Connecting Europe CEF facility.
The project net value is: € 2.603.923,99 of which qualified funds amount to € 2.213.335,40 – a 85% financing rate.
Agreement with the Piszczac Commune signed
On 31 January this year the Management Board of CARGOTOR sp. Z o.o .: President of the Management Board - Andrzej Sokolewicz and Member of the Management Board - Piotr Wojcieszek together with the head of the Piszczac Commune - Kamil Kożuchowski signed the first of a series of cooperation agreements in the modernization and reconstruction of intersections and railway and road infrastructure. They will be concluded with local governments in the areas where the location of the Małaszewicze Logistics Park is planned.
The signed agreement defines the principles of cooperation in the reconstruction of four rail-road crossings located in the Piszczac Commune. This is another operation bringing the implementation of construction works one step closer. The works are a result of the CEF project no. 2015-PL-TM-0037-S "Modernization of railway infrastructure in the Małaszewicze Reloading Region, corridor no. 8 of freight lines on EU border with Belarus - study works. " co-financed by an instrument of the European Union “The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) “
Małaszewicze showing the Power.
New Silk Road on the horizon.
Małaszewicze Terminal experiences an unprecedented traffic. In April this year, the optimum of the existing track system's throughput capacity was reached. Working in high gear supports a thesis that following the modernization, the Terminal will become Europe’s largest and most important cargo hub and the main transshipment point of the New Silk Road.
In full swing
Transport at Małaszewicze Terminal has never been as intense as it is recently. In April this year, 379 pairs of cargo trains arrived at and departed from Kobylany using a broad-gauge track – 28,044 railway cars in total, of which 250 pairs were container trains, consisting of 14,582 cars. CARGATOR keeps recording bumper volumes of the cargo mass transported by rail. In April this year, the throughput of 15 pairs of trains was achieved several times, which translates into the maximum utilisation of the existing 1520 mm track system. Currently, up to 40 pairs of trains pass through Małaszewicze Terminal each day on both broad-gauge and standard gauge rails.
In March this year, there were 377 pairs of trains on the broad-gauge track – 27,266 railway cars in total. For comparison, 335 pairs of cargo trains – 25,682 cars – were recorded on the same month of 2019.
Małaszewicze on the New Silk Road
With the growing intensity of the cargo traffic between Asia and Europe, its smooth flow is becoming a matter of great importance. The process will be facilitated by the New Silk Road and Małaszewicze Logistic Park should be its heart. Even now, Małaszewicze Terminal is one of Europe’s most important transport centres. The expansion will strengthen its global significance. Małaszewicze may become the most modern transshipment hub in Europe, covering 30 km2 of land and playing a key role in the intermodal transport between Asia and the Old Continent.
President of the Railway Transport Office visits Małaszewicze
On February 20th 2020, a delegation of the Japanese Ministry of infrastructure visited Małaszewicze. It was a long-planned study visit aimed at the verification of operational capabilities of Małaszewicze Terminal in the context of increasing the transit transportation of containerised shipments between Japan and the EU. The delegation was headed by Mr Shogo Miyajima – Counsellor of the Minister of Infrastructure in the field of logistics. The guests could see the railway infrastructure facilities vital to the process of transportation and handling of containerised cargo. They visited the container terminal operated by PKP CARGO TERMINALE and the signal box in Kobylany operated by CARGOTOR – an independent railway infrastructure administrator. Presentations of both companies were delivered on CARGOTOR’s premises in Małaszewicze. A special presentation of the Małaszewicze Logistic Park project was given by Mr Andrzej Sokolewicz, CEO of CARGOTOR, while the PKP CARGO Group’s intermodal capacity was outlined by Mr Maciej Krochmalski – Board Member of PKP CARGO TERMINALE.
President of the Railway Transport Office visits Małaszewicze
The modernisation of Małaszewicze Terminal and the plan to build Europe’s largest Logistic Park there attracts increasingly more attention.
Let us remember that Małaszewicze is one of the most important points of the New Silk Road connecting Asia and Europe. The plan to modernise Małaszewicze Terminal was devised in response to the growing trade exchange between the European Union and China. Małaszewicze Logistic Park is planned to cover an area of ca. 30 km2 ma and is expected to play a key role in the intermodal transport.
On January 22nd 2020, CARGOTOR the railway infrastructure administrator at Małaszewicze Terminal, hosted Dr Eng. Ignacy Góra, CEO of the Railway Transport Office (UTK). The meeting was held as an on-site visit: representatives of CARGOTOR and of the Polish railway market regulator visited the area of the planned project. The UTK CEO was presented with the feasibility study details, as well as with the opportunities and benefits for not only the region, but the whole country as well.
The Railway Transport Office is the central government’s regulatory body for issues that include, but are not limited to the railway transport market regulation, the railway transport licensing, technical supervision over the railway lines and vehicles operation and maintenance, as well as the railway traffic safety. The vision of Małaszewicze Logistic Park presented to UTK attracted much attention and interest in further co-operation in bringing the vision into life.
Scholarships for school students – future railway staff
Five students of the W.S Reymont School Complex were granted scholarships by Cargotor. The school trains students for railway careers. Currently, 166 young people are following these study profiles. Importantly, students are provided practical training, on railway stations, for example.
Educating new, qualified staff is particularly important in the context of the Małaszewicze Terminal development. With the throughput capacity to increase four times, new jobs will be created here.
Meeting in Duisburg
On 30-31 October 2019, a meeting of the Working Group on Interoperability of the EU-China Connectivity of the North Sea-Baltic Corridor, chaired by Ms Catherine Trautmann, was held in Duisburg. The meeting was attended by Mr Andrzej Sokolewicz, CEO of Cargotor Sp. z o.o., who presented the current throughput capacity of Małaszewicze Terminal and informed about the status of the modernisation project for this area, with the final aim of building Małaszewicze Logistic Park.
Railway to the New Silk Road
The vision of the New Silk Road attracts constant attention. Małszewicze Transshipment Cargo Station is about to become its gateway to Europe. This time, as part of a study visit, François Davenne, General Manager of UIC, the International Union of Railways, appeared.
An important point on the Asia-Europe line
The development of the Małaszewicze Cargo Station, on the eastern border of the European Union, has become an important point for the railway industry on the Old Continent. This is demonstrated by further evaluation visits.
As part of the study visit to the Reloading Region of Małaszewicze, on June 27-28, 2019, the UIC Director General François Davenne appeared. International Union of Railway is an organization of railway transport companies that represents them on the international arena. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Mirosław Antonowicz, Member of the Board of PKP SA.
Let us recall that in May, a representative of the European Commission, Mrs. Catheriene Trautmann, the European coordinator of the TEN-T core network of the North Sea - Baltic Sea, visited Terespol and Małaszewicze. On the other hand, on the Polish side, Mr. Andrzej Bittel, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Infrastructure and representatives of the Ministry of Investment and Development appeared.
The European Commission is also interested in the growth of the Małaszewicze Terminal on the Eastern border of the EU, therefore Terespol and Małaszewicze were visited by Ms Catheriene Trautmann, North-Sea Baltic TEN-T Corridor Coordinator. The meeting held on 23 May this year was attended by representatives of the Polish government – Mr Andrzej Bittel, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Infrastructure, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development. Ms Catheriene Trautmann visited Polish projects financed under the Connecting Europe Facility: "Works on the Siedlce – Terespol section of E20 railway line, Stage III - LCS Terespol" (the construction site at Terespol station) and ”Modernisation of the Railway Infrastructure at the Małaszewicze Terminal Area of Corridor 8 of Freight Lines at the EU – Belarus Border Crossing” – design studies” (the signal box in Kobylany and the headquarters of CARGOTOR).
CARGATROR’s project “Modernisation of the Railway Infrastructure at the Małaszewicze Terminal Area of Corridor 8 of Freight Lines at the EU – Belarus Border Crossing” – design studies” is expected to improve the quality of infrastructure and to upgrade the status of Małaszewicze as an element of the Asia-Europe cargo turnover. When correlated with the projects planned by PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A, the throughput capacity of Małeszewicze Terminal should record a significant growth.
Shared challenges. Joint development.
On 21-22 February 2019, investor consultations took place under CARGATOR’s project “Modernisation of the Railway Infrastructure at the Małaszewicze Terminal Area of Corridor 8 of Freight Lines at the EU – Belarus Border Crossing” – design studies. The Project will be a complement to other undertakings of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA in the area, such as “Modernisation of the Siedlce-Terespol section of E20 Railway Line”, “Improving the Accessibility of the Tersepol-Brześć Border Crossing, Stage 1 – Extension of 1520 mm Rail Lines at Terespol Station”, or the conceived construction of a bridge on the Bug River. These complementary projects, initiated in order to meet the EU standards regarding railway infrastructure, offer a chance to create a modern cargo hub in Małaszewicze. Only technical preparedness can make the New Silk Road materialise itself in Poland.
The four project variants presented during the meetings differ in terms of scope and size. The meeting was attended by present and future stakeholders of the Project: delegates from the municipalities covered by the project, as well as representatives of local cargo terminals and railway companies.
The participants repeatedly emphasised the importance of the Project as a chance for joint development. In the context of formal, legal, financial and social challenges, flexibility of approach was declared, as well as readiness to negotiate and discuss any issues that might affect the success of the Project, especially where concerns of different parties have to be reconciled. The ways to join forces in order to increase the odds of successful implementation were debated. The project stakeholders indicated that the importance of the project and the optimistic forecast regarding the cargo turnover between Europe and Asia should be regarded as a great opportunity, while success may require special legislative solutions.
„- It is our priority project for the nearest years. A project we have great hopes for – says Mr Jacek Rutkowski, CEO at CARGOTOR, the infrastructure administrator in the PKP CARGO Group. – The Małaszewicze Cargo Terminal is a key hub on the logistic map of Europe, especially recently, when the New Silk Road project has moved from the planning phase to actual implementation, its development dynamics being extremely high. Modernisation is a necessity, so as to make the duration of rail transport from and to Asia attractive – adds CARGOTOR CEO.”
The Małaszewicze Cargo Terminal will undergo a major modernisation. Its administrator is planning to redevelop the cargo handling stations and to upgrade the infrastructure to modern standards. CARGOTOR – the PKP CARGO Group member and the French Systra group signed a contract for a feasibility study and a building design.