Warsaw Cross-City Line

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Warsaw Cross-City Line
2Terespol, 9Gdańsk
4.254 Warszawa Wschodnia Polish State Railways
Warszawa Stadion
Vistula river (Średnicowy Rail Bridge)
Warszawa Powiśle
Warsaw Metro Centrum Warsaw Metro
Warszawa Śródmieście PKP
0.346 Warszawa Centralna Polish State Railways
0.000 Warszawa Śródmieście WKD
Warszawa Ochota Polish State Railways
Warsaw Główna/Warsaw Railway Museum
20Warszawa Gdańska
3.082 Warszawa Zachodnia Polish State Railways
Platform 8 (Warszawa Wola)
47Grodzisk Mazowiecki

Warsaw cross-city line (Polish: Linia Średnicowa) is a 7 km railway line crossing Central Warsaw in the East-West direction. Opened in 1933 and electrified in 1936, it initially had two tracks, with an additional two added in 1949. The central part of the line is in a tunnel, which 2.31 km long. It then crosses the Vistula by the Średnicowy railway bridge (445 m) long located between Poniatowski Bridge and Świętokrzyski Bridge.

The line provided a direct short link between Warszawa Wschodnia and Warszawa Zachodnia stations. The pre-1945 Warsaw Główna was located approximately halfway down the line. The station has been replaced by Warszawa Centralna, which is located to the west of the old station.

Since the 1970s, the older (southern) pair of tracks is used by regional trains run by Koleje Mazowieckie and Szybka Kolej Miejska. The regional trains use Warszawa Stadion, Warszawa Powiśle, Warszawa Śródmieście PKP and Warszawa Ochota stations (listed east-to-west), the long distance trains use Warszawa Centralna. A third set of tracks, which extend as far as the Warszawa Śródmieście WKD railway station, are used by the Warszawska Kolej Dojazdowa (WKD) suburban light rail line.