Prime Minister in Pomerania: investing is the way out of the crisis
The head of the government, Mateusz Morawiecki, paid a visit to Pomeranian Voivodeship. In Gdansk, he met the beneficiaries of government support provided in the form of the Anti-Crisis Shield, the Financial Shield and the BGK Support Shield. It was an opportunity to summarise the anti-crisis support received by the region to date and to present the most important investments.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister said that the government has a comprehensive plan to overcome the crisis and return to the path of economic development. First of all, it is to save jobs. Then, the continuation of social policy. The third component of the plan comprises investments.
Anti-crisis measures for Pomeranian Voivodeship
The coronavirus epidemic has affected the state of the Polish economy. "We have immediately offered solutions to save the Polish economy and Polish jobs. These measures were described by analysts as the largest fiscal package in Europe," the Prime Minister said in Gdansk.
As part of the government support mechanisms, so far nearly PLN 6 billion has been allocated to Pomeranian Voivodeship, of which:
- PLN 1.8 billion from the Anti-Crisis Shield,
- PLN 3.5 billion from the Financial Shield of the Polish Development Fund,
- PLN 642 million from the BGK Support Shield.
So far, the total amount of support in the country under these instruments has reached nearly PLN 90 billion.
Additional funds for road infrastructure
The implementation of road construction is in line with the strategic investment plan proposed by President Andrzej Duda. Investment activities will certainly have a positive impact on the condition of the Polish economy.
The Prime Minister stressed that the presidential plan to overcome the crisis will primarily focus on investments - in every gmina, every poviat, every town or city. Therefore, it is essential to pursue it.
The government decided to allocate additional PLN 21.8 billion for the implementation of the National Roads Construction Programme for the years 2014-2023, which amounts to a total of PLN 164 billion.
Additional funds for Pomerania
Speaking of investments in Pomerania, the head of the government emphasised that almost half of this amount comprises funds for the construction of two large investments in Pomerania - the Tri-City Ring Road and S6 road.
Approximately PLN 9 billion will be allocated to S6 road. The funds will be used for the construction of:
- the Tri-City Metropolitan Ring Road - 31.7 km,
- the section between Lębork and Bożepole Wielkie (National Road No. 6) - 22 km,
- the section between Koszalin and Słupsk - 46.2 km,
- the section between Słupsk and Lębork - 49.6 km.
The launch of this investment project is planned by 2022.
Currently, there are about 42 km of S6 road under construction, the cost of which will amount to about PLN 2 billion. It is expected that this part of the investment will be commissioned in the second half of 2021.
Tri-City Ring Road
The Tri-City Ring Road together with the Żukowo Ring Road will cover approximately 37.4 km. The route was divided into two parts:
- Chwaszczyno (without a junction) - Żukowo (without a junction), approximately 15.6 km long,
- Żukowo (with a junction) – Gdansk Południe (with a junction), approximately 15.1 km long.
Additionally, the Żukowo Ring Road is about 6.6 km long.
"These are communication solutions that will significantly increase the investment attractiveness of the whole voivodeship, not only the Tri-City," Prime Minister Morawiecki concluded in Gdansk.
100 Ring Roads Programme
The government also seeks to remove traffic from congested towns and cities, to provide cleaner air, less noise and improve the capacity of the road network. This will be possible thanks to the implementation of the 100 Ring Roads Programme, under which a decision was made to begin the construction of the Pomeranian Brzezia Ring Road - on National Road No. 25. In Pomeranian Voivodeship, Człuchów Ring Road (National Roads No. 22 and 25), Słupsk and Kobylnica Ring Road (National Road No. 21) and Sztum Ring Road (National Road No. 55) are awaiting implementation.
Local Government Roads Fund
Investments in road infrastructure are also local investments. PLN 196 million of co-financing from the state budget under the Local Government Roads Fund will enable the implementation of 136 tasks - 236 km of Pomeranian local roads, including 106 gmina and 30 poviat tasks.
Investments in ports
The largest in nearly 50 years, investment in the Port of Gdynia will include the construction of the External Port and the Public Ferry Terminal. The construction of a terminal worth PLN 222 million is at the halfway stage. It will enable the admission of ferries up to 240 m long. The facility will be accessed by reconstructed roads and railway tracks. The Polish and Finnish quays will also be modernised.
Investments worth PLN 720 million will be implemented in the Port of Gdansk. This will include modernisation of the waterway, expansion of quays, improvement of navigation conditions, expansion and modernisation of the road and rail network in the External Port.
The total value of all investments carried out in the port by the Port of Gdansk, PKP, the Maritime Office and operators such as PERN amounts to PLN 3.5 billion.