Looks like it used to. Hel railway station opened after renovation

It is small, but serves crowds of tourists in summer. The railway station in Hel has been opened after reconstruction. Passengers have already been using the facility since Wednesday 20 December.

The railway station in Hel was built in the 1920s. It is a small building of half-timbered construction, which consists of several parts. The main one is one-storey and has a multi-pitched roof. The other parts are single-storey and have traditional gabled roofs. The station was built of half-timbering and has an arcade on the side of the platforms.

The reconstruction of the station was carried out with EU funding from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment. The work took a year and a half. The railwaymen wanted to restore its original appearance. An open shelter was reconstructed on the south side. The half-timbered façade was carefully restored. The visible wooden elements were painted dark brown. The roof was replaced. It is now covered with natural brick-coloured tiles. The clocks and station name signs are new. A new inscription “railway station” has appeared on the side of the exit to the city.

The station building in the inter-war period:

the author of the photo is unknown, public domain

Completely new is the interior. Inside, passengers will find a waiting room kept in shades of white and grey. Electronic train arrival and departure boards, benches and a clock have been installed there. A ticket office was also created in the building. Windows and doors were replaced to reduce energy losses. Energy-efficient lighting and heat pumps were installed. An intelligent building management system ensures optimal energy consumption.

This is how the station looked BEFORE renovation:

Station in 2009, photo by Jarba, wikimedia.org, public domain

Keeping in mind the facilities for people with disabilities, the railwaymen removed architectural barriers and installed Braille signage, tactile plans of the station and pathways for the blind and visually impaired.

In total, the reconstruction of the station in Hel cost just over PLN 10 million. The reconstruction project was prepared by MERITUM PROJEKT Marek Myrcik, and the contractor for the construction works was a consortium of companies composed of Sobin sp. z o. o. based in Gdańsk (Leader of the consortium) and Kamaro spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością sp. k. based in Gdańsk.

source: PKP S.A.

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