Białystok railway station
Białystok railway station is the most important railway station in the city of Białystok, Poland. It is sometimes referred to as Białystok Central (Białystok Centralny), to distinguish it from six other, much smaller, stations located in the city.
|Location||Białystok, Podlaskie Voivodeship|
|Owned by||Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A.|
|Previous names||Białystok stacja kolejowa|
The station building built during the creation of the Saint Petersburg–Warsaw Railway in 1861 in the classical style. The first passenger train, covering the entire route from Warsaw to Saint Petersburg, arrived in Bialystok in September 1862. The increasing number of transports at the end of the 19th century meant that the station was expanded. During World War I, the building was burned by retreating Russian troops. After the war, the station was rebuilt.
During World War II, the station was bombed.
In 1989, PKP began modernizing the station, which lasted 14 years. The renovated station building was officially opened on November 28, 2003. According to the Gazeta Wyborcza ranking of 2008, the PKP railway station in Bialystok was considered the most beautiful station in Poland, second came Lublin and third in Częstochowa. The building in Białystok received 71 points out of 100 possible. Also in 2008 and 2012, Gazeta Wyborcza gave it top place in the ranking of 23 most significant Polish railway stations in 2008 and 2012. The station passed major renovation from November 2018 to June 2020 by Budimex. The biggest challenge was underground work, some of which was carried out in the white bathtub technology. Very carefully it was necessary to demolish the entresol with an area of about 300 sq m, located in the main hall of the historic station. To avoid possible damage to the structures of historic walls. The works were carried out in small stages, by cutting off individual elements together with their fragmentation and removal from the object.
The station provides connections to all the major cities of Poland, including Warsaw, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź Kaliska, Poznań, Wrocław, and Szczecin. There are also connections to Vilnius, Lithuania and to Grodno, Belarus.
Tablet commemorating Jozef Pilsudski's train trips to Vilnius on the wall of the main Białystok railway station.
- "Gazeta Wyborcza 2008 ranking". Gazeta Wyborcza. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
- "Mamy najlepszy dworzec w kraju! Białystok w oczach podróżnych" [We have the best station in the country! Bialystok in the eyes of travelers]. Gazeta Wyborcza Białystok. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
- "Zaczął się remont dworca PKP". ddb24.pl. 2018-11-17. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
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