“We are not surprised by the result of a referendum on a planned Central Transportation Port in the community of Baranów in central Poland on Sunday, PAP was told on Monday by the government commissioner for the project, Mikołaj Wild.
The referendum asked whether Baranów inhabitants wanted the port, and if legislation around the project was of benefit to the local community. Eighty-four percent of local residents, who took part in the referendum, voted against plans to locate the port in their neighbourhood, and 94.2 percent said the project would not be beneficial to the local community.
There were 4,120 residents eligible to vote. The turnout reached around 47 percent.
“We are aware of the level of emotions among inhabitants,” Wild said, adding that this had already been visible during meetings with local residents.
The Central Transportation Port (CPK) is to be built about 45 kilometres south of Warsaw, along the east-west A2 motorway and fairly close to the central city of Łódź. A major railway line linking Warsaw and Łódź is also located nearby. The port is to be built over the next eight years, with work continuing until the end of 2027. At 3,000 hectares, the new port will be much larger than Chopin Airport (635 hectares), making the CPK one of Europe’s biggest air hubs. Besides international air links, it will also offer high-speed rail connections.
When launched, the hub is to handle up to 45 million passengers a year, and after expansion up to 100 million. Together with the accompanying road and rail infrastructure, the facility is to cost PLN 30 bln to PLN 35 bln (EUR 7.08 bln to EUR 8.25 bln).
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