Element of NATO “spearhead” in Bydgoszcz
In September 2015, 6 NATO Force Integration Units (NFIU), including one in Bydgoszcz, started their operation. It will be an element of the so-called NATO “spearhead”, i.e. units which are able to take actions even within two-three days. The unit will consist of 42 officers and non-commissioned officers from Poland and 13 other NATO countries. Thanks to the NFIU operation, the coordination in the field of planning and exercises between the Polish army and the allied units which stay in Poland will be improved.
Thorough modernisation of Bydgoszcz Główna and Gdynia Główna railway stations
The new railway stations in Bydgoszcz and Toruń will be delivered for use as early as this year. They will not only improve the operation of the transport system in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province, but will also influence the region’s economic development and its competitiveness. Furthermore, the standard of services will rise, as well as the travel quality and safety will increase. The modernisation of the railway stations in Toruń and Bydgoszcz is co-financed from EU funds. The total value of the investment project in Bydgoszcz Główna is approximately PLN 197 million, out of which PLN 120 million is the EU co-financing. The revitalisation of PKP Toruń Główny station is part of “Integration of the municipal transport system together with purchase of tram rolling stock in Toruń - BiT-City” project. The total cost of the project is PLN 272.72 million, out of which PLN 131.39 million comes from the EU.
Support for oncology
Professor F. Łukaszczyk Oncology Centre in Bydgoszcz is a modern facility for which the government earmarked PLN 17.5 million in the years 2013-2015. It accounts for 50% of the whole investment in the Innovative Medical Centre, whose construction will be completed at the end of 2015. Furthermore, the government also co-financed Centre Polyclinics, for which it earmarked PLN 9.5 million in the years 2014-2015. In addition, the exchange of two accelerators for radiotherapy worth PLN 17 million were financed from the national cancer eradication programme.
Modernisation of MSW hospital in Bydgoszcz
At the beginning of 2015 a new Intensive Medical Care Ward (OIOM) and Neurology with Neurological Rehabilitation Ward were opened at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MSW) in Bydgoszcz. The Bydgoszcz OIOM has been equipped with, among other things, a state-of-the-art heart-lung machine, which will ensure better medical help to patients from Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province. Over the recent years, the number of neurological problems, and, consequently, demand for neurological rehabilitation is on the rise. In October 2015, a new 20-bed Geriatrics Ward was opened at Bydgoszcz MSW hospital. It is an element of the implementation of the strategy for development of geriatrics as a priority specialisation of the Ministry of Health.
Money for road investments in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province
Thanks to the National Road Development Project, by 2023 Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province will be one of the best communicated regions in Poland. The government programme includes S5 and S10 roads (together with Czerniewice junction). From the funds of the Dangerous Spot Elimination Programme, roads in Strzelno and Brześć Kujawski are expected to be reconstructed. The plans also include construction of the ring road of Sępólno, Kamień Krajeński and Inowrocław. Włocławek will have a modern and safe connection with A1 motorway. In mid-2016, the completion of the construction of Brodnica ring road is scheduled, which will connect a roundabout constructed earlier with national road no 15. The investment project will shorten the travel time between Toruń and Olsztyn.
10-km tram line in Bydgoszcz
Bydgoszcz is about to end the construction of approximately 10-km tram line to Fordon district. The investment project, which is worth over PLN 437.8 million, includes construction of a two-track tram line and reconstruction of the road layout along it. It also provides for reconstruction of infrastructure - a tram flyover with a transfer platform, infrastructure devices as well as purchase of tram rolling stock. The EU subsidy from Infrastructure and Environment Programme amounted to nearly PLN 207 million.
Investment in energy sector
Poland has 7 underground natural gas storage facilities, including one in Mogilno in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province, which is currently being expanded. After the completion of the work, Mogilno Underground Storage Facility will have 14 storage chambers with the capacity of 596 cubic metres. The investment project will improve the energy security and stability of natural gas supply to Poland. It will also increase the possibility of flexible matching the market supply and demand, in particular during the winter months, when the demand for gas rises sharply.
Another important investment project in the region is the PLN 1.4 billion Włocławek - PKN Orlen heat and power plant. It consists in construction of a gas and steam unit with the capacity of 473 MWe. At the same time, it will generate electricity and heat for e.g. ANWIL SA, as well as electricity for the neighbouring Włocławek and Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province. Włocławek heat and power plant is a flagship project of PKN ORLEN SA, and contributes to the objectives of Poland’s energy policy, which assumes, among other things, reduction of emissions of substances which are harmful to the environment.
Extension of Pomerania special economic zone
Between November 2007 and July 2015, the area of the zones in Pomerania increased by 272 hectares. Thanks to the regulation adopted by the government in October, Pomerania special economic zone in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province will be extended by 87 hectares. In connection with the declared investment of the following companies: Pinguin Foods Polska sp. z o.o., Boryszew S.A. Elana branch in Toruń, CIECH Soda Polska S.A. at least 500 new jobs will be created, 600 existing ones will be kept, and the total investment will be in excess of PLN 179 million. The employment rate at the zone-based companies in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province increased from 3,928 FTEs in 2007 to 5,678 FTEs in 2015. The investment projects completed in the zone increased from PLN 591 million in 2007 to PLN 3.7 billion in 2015.
Construction of a sports and entertainment hall for 7 thousand spectators in Toruń
The sports and entertainment hall in Toruń was delivered for use in 2014. It is equipped, for example, in two running tracks (including one for sprints) and shot put area. The hall can house about 6,200 spectators. The government supported this investment project with the amount of PLN 27 million.
Three "Senior Wigor” homes
Three "Senior Wigor” homes will be created in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province. Thanks to a government subsidy, day stay homes for senior citizens will be created in Chełmża, Gostycyn and Janikowo.
Day care centres at universities
As part of "Maluch na uczelni" government programme, as many as 67 care places will be created in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province (2 day care centres, 5 day carers) at 2 universities: Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń and Higher School of Economy in Bydgoszcz.