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Poland to double budget of rail investment plan

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The Polish government is doubling the size of its investment program for the railway network to PLN 11 billion (EUR 2.38 billion), which will enable the completion of more than 1,200 kilometers of lines across Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced.

Under the scheme, dubbed 'Railway Plus' and first introduced in 2018, the government plans to extend the existing network of passenger connections, with a particular focus on linking towns to large cities, reported local portal Notesfrompoland.com.

"Poland is not only an archipelago of rich cities," said Morawiecki at a press conference in the eastern town of Janów Lubelski. "Most Poles live in medium and smaller towns and we also remember about them."

The prime minister revealed that the funding increase will allow the completion of 34 projects to upgrade existing lines or construct new ones, instead of the previously planned 17.

The program is expected to be completed by 2028. As envisaged under the original program, the state will cover 85% of investment costs, with the rest contributed by local authorities. 

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