Poznań Główny railway station
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|Address||Dworcowa Street 1, Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship
|Station code||Station Category: A|
|Owned by||Dworzec Polski S.A.|
Poznań Główny (Polish for Poznan main station), commonly called Dworzec Główny, is the main railway station for the city of Poznań, Poland's fifth largest city, and capital of the Greater Poland voivodeship.
Investment and modernization
PKP began planning a modernisation of the station in 2007. In 2009 it began negotiations with seven companies specialising in investments in commercial real estate. A 160 million euro investment agreement was signed with developer Trigranit Development Corporation, paving the way for the construction of an integrated transport centre including a rebuilt station, car parking and a coach station.
The station and the surrounding area are being completely rebuilt, and connected to the bus station and the international congress/convention centre. The entire investment aimed to provide an integrated transport complex for UEFA Euro 2012 in Poznan. Construction of the new station began in the first half of 2011, and the first phase was inaugurated by President Bronisaw Komorowski on 29 May 2012.
An integrated transport hub and shopping centre will be completed by November 2013. This will have 250 retail units, a coach terminal, cycle lanes and a park and ride facility.
Due to the city's 2010 budget deficit, which resulted from using public funds to build a municipal stadium, the city of Poznan announced that most of the promised investment will be significantly delayed in time, and could remain un-financed even up to 2016.
Under a planned third phase, the existing station building would be redeveloped with conference, office and hotel facilities.
- Ignacy Jan Paderewski arrived at the Summer Station (platform 4b) on December 27 1918, beginning a visit to Poznan which resulted in the outbreak of the Greater Poland Uprising (1918–19).
- Along the main road leading from the station to the city centre are a large number of anti-aircraft bunkers from World War II.
- During communist rule an underground hospital was prepared at the station in case of war. It was fully equipped and regularly visited by the secret services.
- Platform 4a is used twice a day by steam trains to Wolsztyn.
- On November 25 2006 Ryszard Kapuscinski unveiled a plaque in the hall of the station dedicated to Kazimierz Nowak, who travelled 40,000 km through Africa on foot and by bicycle.
- Trains are announced by computer. It is so far the only such system operated in Poland, which from 1996 to 2012 was voiced by Paul Binkowski, New Theatre actor. Currently the system uses a speech synthesis, IVONA.
- Several acres of land around the railway station were the subject of a dispute between the railway authorities, the city and the authorities of Wielkopolska from the 1990s. The railway authorities in Warsaw did not want to give this land to the City of Poznan, despite not using it. After long negotiations, the Integrated Transportation Centre (Pol. "Zintegrowane Centrum Komunikacyjne") is being build on it.
- Media related to Poznań Główny at Wikimedia Commons
- Poznań Główny Railway Station - Integrated Transport Centre Website