About the Project

Years of reductions in waterways investments have created backlogs so severe that it has now become necessary to set priorities, create long-term investment plans and procure funds for the financing of these works. The Marshals of five northern Poland voivodeships have come up with a unique local government initiative aimed at overcoming what for many years has seemed impossible with regard to inland navigation and development of water tourism. The initiative is focused on the Polish section of the International Waterway E70.


After all the scheduled tasks are completed according to the objectives of The Programme and Spatial Concept for revitalisation of the west-east inland waterway that covers the rivers: Oder, Warta and Noteć, the Bydgoszcz Canal, the rivers: Brda, Vistula, Nogat and Szkarpawa, and the Vistula Lagoon (planned Polish section of the IWW E70), the following issues will have been addressed:

1. construction of an environmentally friendly multi-modal transport system for tourism through setting up convenient connections of road, railway and water transport, and through simultaneously promoting such forms of tourism as cycling and hiking;

2. development of inland and maritime yachting and motor shipping on the IWW E70 and the Vistula Lagoon;

3. development of port infrastructures and tourist facilities along the IWW E70;

4. making mass tourism more attractive by making the unique cultural and natural sites along this waterway routes available for visiting and exploring;

The process of the project implementation is divided into three stages, to be completed over the years:

Stage I - Years 2010 - 2014

1. preparation of the pre-project documentation (programme and spatial concept, feasibility studies, environmental monitoring and inventorying reports, hydrological studies);

2. extensive public consultation;

3. development of the IWW E70 revitalisation programme and carrying out the strategic environmental impact assessment;

4. carrying out the legislative process and making resolutions on adopting the programme;

5. making amendments to the regulations governing administration of waterways (such as route opening and closing procedures, operating hours for locks and bascule bridges, toll systems regulations, etc.);

6. introduction of legislative changes that would allow local government involvement in the construction and management of inland freight shipping

7. development of the design documentation and cost estimates for the major tasks in the modernisation of the technical infrastructure of the IWW E70 (dredging the Noteć River, improving the locks, putting up navigational signs and tourist marks).

Stage II - Years 2015 - 2020

1. construction of ports and tourist marinas

2. dredging the Bydgoszcz Canal and the Brda River (within Bydgoszcz city limits) as part of improvement programme for water and wastewater management for the city of Bydgoszcz

3. reconstruction of the estuarine section of the Vistula River under the programme "Comprehensive Flood Control Management in the Żuławy Depression Area by 2030"

4. Modernisation of the Elbląg Port infrastructure – redevelopment of the Old Town Embankment (Zygmunt August Boulevard) and construction of the bascule bridges

5. repair works and adaptations of local waterway infrastructure administered by the Regional Water Management Boards in Gdańsk and Poznań from the state budget funds;

6. creating small marinas by private investors, with facilities for tourism and leisure activities, to complement the existing accommodation and leisure infrastructure;

7. implementing the major tasks in modernising the IWW E70 technical infrastructure (dredging the Noteć River and disposing of the deposits, improving the system of locks, putting up navigational signs and tourist marks, improving access by roads).

8. preparing the pre-project documentation, environmental studies, designs and estimates for the reconstruction of the Silno - Fordon - Przegalina section of the lower Vistula;

9. developing the pre-project documentation, environmental studies, designs and estimates for the improvement of water relations in the Noteć River Valley to ensure navigable depths throughout the navigation season;

10. port infrastructure modernisation and expansion of the existing ports and transshipment terminals (Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Krzyż, Ujście, Bydgoszcz, Malbork, Elbląg) to serve as logistics centres for local agriculture and industry and areas of economic revival;

11. development of multi-modal tourist integration centres near harbours and marinas of the main system (Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Drezdenko, Wieleń, Krzyż, Czarnków, Ujście, Nakło, Bydgoszcz - Fordon, Chełmno, Świecie, Grudziądz, Korzeniewo, Gniew, Biała Góra, Malbork, Elbląg, Tczew, Sobieszewo, Krynica Morska, Frombork);

Stage III - Years 2021 - 2030

1. stream channel improvement works of the lower Vistula in the Silno - Fordon - Przegalina section to meet the parameters of class IV waterways, ultimately as a section of the International Waterway E40 (Gdańsk - Odessa);

2. construction of an inter-modal container terminal in Bydgoszcz in the area of the planned Łęgnowo Industrial and Technological Park;

3. removal of the technical obstacles on the Oder -Vistula waterway so that class II parameters are met (reconstruction of road and railway bridges, rebuilding of the fixed chamber of the Krostkowo locks, improving the radii of the bends of the navigable channel);

4. improvement of water relations of the Noteć River Valley to ensure navigable depths throughout the navigation season – construction of a drainage system and reservoirs to supply the waterway during low stage periods;

5. construction of new ports and transshipment terminals that will be related in function and distance with the areas of investments and the existing industrial and storage infrastructure – depending the economic circumstances and local needs;

6. improvement of the technical parameters of the Szkarpawa River to class IV or Va as a waterway joining the seaports of Gdańsk and Elbląg and making the Vistula Lagoon accessible to inland vessels with a capacity of up to 2000 tonnes.

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