Extension of the metro system and implementation of the masterplan – Metro Line 3, Stage I – Praga

Extension of the metro system and implementation of the masterplan – Metro Line 3, Stage I – Praga

Praga-Południe is one of the Warsaw districts with the highest population density. This has resulted, inter alia, from structural changes to the post-industrial areas of the Kamionek estate and from the increasing density of residential built-up areas in the Gocław estate. Considering the above, it proves necessary to expand the accompanying infrastructure, i.e., the service and education base, as well as transport.

The planned construction of Metro Line 3 from the western direction – from the Stadion Narodowy station to the Gocław estate (Stage I – Praga) – will contribute to improving the living conditions of residents by providing an efficient and fast means of urban transport.

The bid submitted as part of the tender for the “Design work for Metro Line 3 in Warsaw ‒ Stage I ‒ Praga, together with the Technical and Holding Station” was opened on 9 February, marking another step towards the construction of the first 8-kilometre-long section of that line. It will feature seven stations, including six new ones: Dworzec Wschodni, Mińska, Wiatraczna, Ostrobramska, Jana Nowaka-Jeziorańskiego and Gocław. The bid was submitted by a consortium composed of ILF CONSULTING ENGINEERS POLSKA Sp. z o.o. (as the consortium leader) and METROPROJEKT Sp. z o.o. The amount proposed is PLN 78,181,260.00 gross, with the contracting authority allocating PLN 81,524,916.60 gross for this purpose. The construction process is planned to start in 2028.

The subsequent stages of work will involve extending Metro Line 3 under the Vistula River towards Siekierki, and further ‒ via Sielce ‒ to the junction with Metro Line 1 at the Racławicka station. It is then planned to continue through Wyględów to the Żwirki i Wigury station, where it will intersect with the prospective Metro Line 4. Ultimately, Metro Line 3 will be a 15-station ring line running around the city centre and carrying passengers to other lines: the existing Metro Lines 1 and 3, and the planned Metro Lines 4 and 5.

According to the masterplan, three new lines will be built in Warsaw by 2050. This means that more than half of Warsaw residents, based on the idea of a 15-minute city, will live within a walking distance of a metro station. This will correspond to 17 out of 18 districts having access to metro transport.

In March this year, the budget session of the Warsaw City Council will be voting on the funds for the pre-design work concerning Metro Line 4, to connect Tarchomin with Wilanów via 26-kilometre-long tunnels, with 23 stations along the way. The purpose of the pre-design work will be to develop a preliminary conceptual design to establish the metro impact zones for the surrounding areas; to carry out surveys and prepare geological documentation; to conduct technical, environmental and operational analyses; and to determine the possibility of dividing Metro Line 4 into sections and establish the order of their construction.

Regardless of the design and plans, the last three stations on the Bemowo section of Metro Line 2 are currently under construction, i.e., the Lazurowa, Chrzanów and Karolin stations, as well as a new Technical and Holding Station. These works will be completed in 2026.

Last Updated on March 18, 2024 by Anastazja Lach