Warsaw opens new metro extension
After 38 months of the construction works, the Wola section of the Warsaw Metro has been opened for the public service. The underground network of the Polish capital added the 3.4-kilometre extension with three new stations: Płocka, Młynów and Księcia Janusza (Prince Janusz). Now, the Warsaw Metro has a length of more than 32 kilometres and includes 34 stations located on two lines.
The three new metro stations were put into operation on Saturday, 4 April. They are situated in the Wola district in western Warsaw. “The Warsaw metro network is expanding by other three stations. We fulfil our promises and in accordance with our commitments we launch the Wolski section of Line M2,” Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of the Polish capital, noted.
At the same time, there was no official ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I am asking everyone who would like just to see the metro stations – stay at home,” the mayor appealed to the inhabitants.
The Wola extension
The construction of the Wola extension is valued at around 1.148 billion zlotys (around 252 million euros). 75 per cent of this amount was financed by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund. This 3.4-kilometre section was built by Turkish company Gülermak Ağir Sanayi İnşaat ve Taahhüt for 38 months.
For the construction works, it used two boring machines: TBM Maria and TBM Krystyna. The former drilled a tunnel of 2,545 metres, at an average speed of 18 m per day while the latter bored a tunnel of 2,541 metres at an average speed of 22 metres per day.
The stations and tunnels of the Wola extension lie at an average depth of 15 metres. All the new stations were decorated with a special colour. The Płocka station, which is located on the south side of the intersection between the streets of Płocka and Wolska, has the interior embellished with copper and bronze colours that refer to the history of the Wola factory.
Another station, Młynów, is situated on the Górczewska street. It is garnished with a blue colour that implies to the nearby pool in the Moczydło neighbourhood.
The third station is Księcia Janusza (Prince Janusz) which is located on the intersection of the streets of Górczewska and Księcia Janusza. It was adorned with a green colour that refers to the nearby parks of Moczydło and Edward Szymański.