The start of renovation work has been announced by the railwaymen. The Galkowek railway station will be rebuilt and adapted to modern needs. The brick building is soon to look like new
The Gałkówek railway station was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Thanks to the announced works, the brick façade will be renovated. The station will also get new, historically restored windows with green-coloured frames. A ramp will be built along the eastern façade to make the building and platform more accessible to people with disabilities
The passenger service area of the station will also change. The interior has been designed in a modern style. Grey and black porcelain stoneware tiles will be laid on the floor, while light grey cladding will appear on most walls (apart from those at the entrance to the toilets, which will be black). The ceilings in the lobby will be made of lamellas (wooden slats), between which there will be minimalist, linear and energy-efficient LED luminaires. The design of the waiting area will be complemented by metal benches with wooden detailing. In addition, travellers will find display cabinets for timetables and electronic boards for train arrivals and departures
The reconstruction of the Galkowek railway station is an example of the effective use of EU funds, which in this case subsidised the drawing up of the project documentation. A priority of our strategy for the years 2021-2027, within the allocation of European Funds for Infrastructure, Climate and Environment worth a total of PLN 114.1 billion, is investment in the expansion and modernisation of railway infrastructure. This direction of investment is intended to raise the standard of public transport not only within individual Polish regions, but also between them. It gives us great satisfaction to know that the project will be implemented in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, taking into account the needs of persons with reduced mobility. It is with great hope that we look forward to the successful completion of the Galkowek railway station and future transport initiatives in the Łódź Province,” says Angela Martinez-Sarasola, Head of the Polish Department of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
Thanks to the investment, the station will become friendly to people with disabilities. In addition to the aforementioned ramp, it will include facilities such as guided paths, Braille signage, tactile maps of the station and contrasting interior colours. The station toilets will also be adapted to serve people with disabilities. During the investment, it is planned to remove architectural barriers that make it difficult to move around the station and its surroundings
This is how the building looks BEFORE the renovation
The redeveloped station will gain energy-friendly solutions. Lighting will be energy-efficient, and its operation will be taken care of by an intelligent building management system, controlling and supervising the operation of equipment and installations. The surroundings of the station will also change. There will be a small car park in the vicinity of the building, as well as a covered bicycle shelter and a repair station for bicycles. In addition, new pavements will be laid and greenery will be tidied up
The reconstruction of the Gałkówek railway station will cost just over PLN 3 million gross. The investor is Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A. (Polish State Railways). The contractor for the construction works is MERX sp. z o.o., and the design documentation was prepared by FBT Sp. z o.o. studio. The planned completion date is summer 2024
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