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TOWARDS STRONGER INTEGRATION, ECONOMIC GROWTH
AND RESILIENCE OF EUROPE
International Conference Railway Direction Days 2023 (RDD 2023) will highlight the benefits of transforming the transport infrastructure in Three Seas region into a modern, sustainable, resilient and fully integrated system. High Speed Railways have a pivotal role in this process by providing better connectivity, boosting economic development, and increasing security and resilience.
The RDD 2023 conference is organized by Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK), a Polish state-owned company- responsible for planning and delivery of one of the largest transport infrastructure mega-projects in Europe. Apart from a new airport hub, CPK project includes the construction of almost 2,000 km of railway lines, mostly in HSR standard.
This new HSR network, together with other ambitious regional initiatives like Rail Baltica and V4 HSR, will form the future backbone of the EU transport system, bringing a vital contribution to fulfilling TEN-T policy and EU Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy goals. Reconstruction and modernization of railway lines, including introduction of HSR system, is also an important part of Ukrainian plans for post-war recovery. In this context, the European Commission has recently proposed extending four European Transport Corridors (ETC) to Ukraine and Moldova, connecting EU Member states to Ukrainian Black Sea ports.
The study HSR in 3Seas prepared by the renowned transport consultancy company Steer Group will present an overview of High-Speed Rail (HSR) infrastructure projects in 3Seas region within 2030 horizon. The analysis will adopt network perspective and outline economic and environmental impact of HSR development in 3Seas region, measuring benefits and costs. It will also capture security and resilience-related benefits stemming from creating dense and interoperable HSR network in the region.
Steer’s analysis will support further development of High-Speed Rail across EU countries of 3Seas initiative. More specifically, it will focus on HSR projects across Poland, Czechia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Also, possible Ukrainian dimension of HSR development and infrastructural links to EU will be captured.
The analysis will focus on the following aspects: journey time savings, changes in service levels including frequency, rail demand increases, modal shift from air and car, as well as any cost associated with the investment and operation of the system.
18 January 2023
Registration of participants
Speech by the Minister Grażyna Ignaczak-Bandych representing H.E. Andrzej Duda President of the Republic of Poland
Speech by Mr Paweł Jabłoński, Undersecretary of State and Government Plenipotentiary for 3Seas Initiative, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
Speech by US Ambassador to Poland H.E. Mr Mark Brzezinski
Benefits of HSR development and integration between EU countries of the 3Seas Initiative – presentation of analytical report by Steer Group
The report examines economic, social, environmental, resilience and security-related benefits of developing dense and interoperable HSR network between EU countries of the 3Seas Initiative.
Presenting: Mr. Marcin Horała, Polish Government Plenipotentiary for the Centralny Port Komunikacyjny
Opening panel: Development of the HSR network as a boost to economic development of the 3Seas Initiative countries
The panel provides an opportunity for a high-level discussion on the HSR potential to boost economic development of EU countries of the 3Seas Initiative. These benefits will be analyzed in the context of EU policies supporting HSR development.
Moderator: Karen Letten, Associate Director, Steer Group
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony
Panel discussion: The importance of railway projects in the 3Seas region for strengthening security and resilience of the EU and its neighbors
Discussion will focus on the role new railway connections in the 3Seas region, including HSR, can play in strengthening military mobility capabilities as well as EU resilience through establishing alternative transport routes along North-South axis.
Moderator: Michał Baranowski, Managing Director of GMF East, Senior Fellow & Director of the Warsaw Office.
Panel discussion: : HSR potential in reconstruction of Ukraine
HSR is considered by the Ukrainian Government to be an important part of the Ukrainian reconstruction effort and modernization of its railway network. This panel will focus on the possible contribution HSR can bring both in terms of better transport integration with the EU as well as economic and social benefits for Ukraine.
Moderator: Marc Sadler, Program Leader for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure for Europe at the World Bank
Panel discussion: HSR as a path to sustainable transport system
The European Commission considers development of HSR as one of the key tools facilitating decarbonization of the transport system. Railways are considered as the greenest and most sustainable mode of transport contributing to transport inclusion and social cohesion. Panel discussion will focus on the ways in which HSR development can build sustainable transport system in the 3Seas region.
Moderator: Monika Heiming, EIM Executive Director
The end of the 1st day of the RDD 2023 conference
19 January 2023
Registration of participants
Panel discussion: Scope and investment process of HSR
The panel will present all HSR projects in the region (their goals, adopted approach and project scope) and the innovations applied during their preparation. Discussion will cover main assumptions of each program, foreseen functions of railway lines, key technical parameters and results expected to be reached upon completion of the works. We will also discuss the best ways of conducting preparatory and construction works so as to ensure their quality and deadlines (e.g. topics such as BIM / EDMS or integrated teams will be covered). The panel will also include a discussion on the financial aspects of projects and a strategy for contracting services.
Moderator: Maciej Gładyga, Managing Director, Land Transport Chamber of Commerce (IGTL)
Panel discussion: Business drivers of HSR
Discussion on the directions of rail development from the business perspective. Market representatives will cover topics such as scale of railway investments in 3Seas region, prospects of their implementation, newest solutions and trends in the industry. We will also discuss possible production capacities in the region with regard to e.g. rolling stock, railway equipment and testing as well as possible changes to legal environment to streamline investments.
Moderator: Ian Horseman Sewell, Vice President, UK & Europe, CPCS
Panel discussion: Passenger perspective of HSR
This panel will try to answer the question of how to include the passenger’s needs in HSR investments. We will approach the passenger as a customer to whom we have to deliver comfortable, attractive and competitive rail alternative to other modes of transport. The panel will highlight the role of transfer nodes being part of HSR network as not only access points to passenger transport services, but also a revolution in the way urban areas function. We will discuss rolling stock solutions dedicated to ensuring the comfort, quality and safety of passengers as well as issues related to the transport organization, timetabling and integration with local transport. Timetable will be highlighted as a key element in shaping passengers’ choices and determining infrastructure needs. We will also discuss the railway undertakings’ approach to designing their services.
Moderator: Łukasz Malinowski, Rynek Kolejowy
Panel discussion: Breakthrough innovations in rail
The closing panel will be centered around technological progress and opportunities coming with it. The main goal is to identify drivers for railway development. Topics include potential of hydrogen-powered railways, hyperloop, 5G or big data. It serves as a chance to identify players in the region that could be involved in the 3Seas projects.
Moderator: Miroslav Prokic, Railways Explained
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