Councillors in Katowice have voted to develop an integrated public transport plan for the city, earmarking € 1 200 000 for the project.

The plan will take into account a variety of transport modes, including tram, train, bus stations, park and ride facilities, and cycling, ensuring that each one plays an effective role in the city’s transport mix. The strategy is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

The idea to develop an integrated transport plan stemmed from discussion on a proposal to construct a new tram line in the south of the city. The councillors agreed that to effectively make such investment decisions, a broader analysis of the transport situation was required.

Councilman Onetem Godziek praised the move, saying that transport projects have previously been undertaken without taking into account the city’s wider transport context. Better information on passenger numbers is needed as many of those who work in Katowice do not live in the city, argued Councilman Godziek, pointing to the city’s traffic issues at peak commuting times.

Implementation of the proposals contained in the plan will take place between 2017 and 2020, pending the selection of a contractor.

Original author: Alexia