A new railway line connecting Chopin Airport with central Warsaw was opened on June 1.
Work on the project began in 2006 with the repair of a 5-mile (8km) section of track between Warszawa Zachodnia and Warszawa Okęcie stations and the construction of two new stops.
The next step was to build the two-track, 1.2 mile (2km)-long link between the airport and Warszawa Służewiec station. More than 1,765,733cu ft (50,000m3) of concrete and 9,200 tonnes of steel were used, and 15,000 trucks’ worth of soil was removed.
Extensive safety improvements were also made, including a dedicated traction substation and switch tower. The whole project cost 300 million zlotys (US$88.6m) and was partly financed by the European Union.
The new line can serve up to six pairs of trains per hour, which results in a capacity of more than 10,000 passengers.