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Warsaw. Expensive tram to the West Railway Station. The cheapest offer exceeds the budget by nearly PLN 70 million

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Tramwaje Warszawskie learned about the offers of companies willing to build a section of the tram line to the West Railway Station. They are all well over budget.

Tram operators have opened bids in a tender for the construction of a route from the West Railway Station to the junction of Grójecka Street. Seven companies and consortia applied.

The short route, only 1.6 km long, will partly run in a tunnel, which will run under Aleje Jerozolimskie, Five Sióstr Park and Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920 Street. The underground final stop will be located near the WKD platforms. Straight from the stop, you will be able to go to level -1, to the underground passage.

The tram drivers have not yet chosen the method of building the tunnel, although as they assure, it will certainly not be TBM shields, i.e. those that drilled underground tunnels.

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Further on, the tram will run in the lane separating the roadways of ul. Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920. At the intersection of Grójecka, Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920 and Banacha, the existing tram network will be connected.

Bids exceed budget

The budget was set at PLN 276.302 million gross. The cheapest bid was submitted by a consortium of Polimex Infrastruktura, Polimex Mostostal and Mosty Łódź, which proposed PLN 345.015 million. ZUE and Fabe Polska offered PLN 362.629 million gross, Balzola Polska and Lantania consortium – PLN 365.523 million, Strabag and Strabag Rail consortium – PLN 382.073 million, Gulermak – PLN 416.353 million, Dogus Insaat ve Ticaret – PLN 448.662 million, Budimex – PLN 477.598 million .

The proposed amounts significantly exceed the planned budget. – We have to analyze the offers and then we will make a decision – said the spokesman for Tramwaje Warszawskie, Maciej Dutkiewicz.

The section from the West Railway Station to Grójecka Street is part of a larger investment – the construction of a tram line from Kasprzaka Street in Wola to Wilanów.

An underground stop at the West Railway StationWarsaw Trams

The section through Rakowiecka is also expensive

This week Tramwaje Warszawskie also got to know the offers of companies that want to design the track on Rakowiecka on the section from Puławska to Aleja Niepodległości. As Maciej Dutkiewicz told us, six entities took part in the competition. And in this case, the offers far exceed the budget. Warsaw Trams planned to spend PLN 48.5 million. Meanwhile, the cheapest proposal in the tender came from a consortium of Balzola Polska and Coalvi, which proposed to perform the works for PLN 78.589 million gross.

– The investment will certainly be implemented, we are prepared for various financial scenarios – assured Dutkiewicz.

Over 11 kilometers of new tram routes are currently under construction – the line to Gagarina, Kasprzaka and Wilanów.

Main photo source: Warsaw Trams

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