The new Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West) railway station is ready for passengers’ use just one year after its construction process begun. The building, which has an area of around 1,300 sqm, is located in the immediate vicinity of Aleje Jerozolimskie street in Warsaw, enabling residents from Ochota, Włochy and Mokotów districts to quickly and easily reach the station. The new station’s design including a distinctive glass dome is the result of an efficient collaboration partnership between PKP S.A, Xcity Investment, and HB Reavis, an international developer group.
“This is our first investment undertaken in collaboration with PKP S.A. and we hope that it is not the last as the Warszawa Zachodnia station is great success. Within less than 12 months since construction works began, the building is now ready for use. Without a doubt, passengers will appreciate its striking design, impressive glass dome and surroundings, which already look attractive but will make even more of an impact once the adjacent office buildings are completed,” said Stanislav Frnka, CEO of HB Reavis Poland.
The conceptual design of the investment was conceived by FS&P ARCUS; its most distinct features include the 500 sqm glass dome over the main entrance and 20 m high clock tower, boasting a dial with a diameter of 3.5 m. The new railway station is located almost entirely underground. The hall situated on level -1 features a McDonald’s restaurant, Relay kiosk, Matras bookshop, currency exchange bureau and two ATMs. There are 33 ‘kiss & ride’ parking places directly at the entrance to the station, on level 0, where drivers may leave their cars for up to 15 minutes free of charge. A paying underground car park will be available from late 2016 when the first stage of the office complex West Station, adjacent to the station, will be delivered.
“Together with HB Reavis, we have created a destination where passengers can wait for a train in modern, comfortable conditions, while having a cup of coffee and reading a newspaper. The station has been built in accordance with the latest trends; the space is effectively planned and functional,” said Jarosław Bator, Member of the Management Board of PKP S.A. He added, “With the development of Warszawa Zachodnia station, we have expanded space available for passengers who can still use the existing facility at Tunelowa street. The new station is primarily intended to handle local connections used by people who commute to work in Warsaw every day from surrounding towns. I firmly believe that many drivers will soon start using trains instead of cars, making the commute to their offices quicker and more comfortable.”