AED defibrillators along the entire Autostrada Wielkopolska
Autostrada Wielkopolska purchased 22 AED defibrillators. This life-saving equipment in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest will be available to travelers at each of the Rest and Service Areas (“MOP”) on the A2 concession section.
In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest when the heart stops pumping blood, there are 3 to 5 minutes to start cardiopulmonary resuscitation. After this time, irreversible changes occur in the person's brain. That is why it is so important to provide assistance as soon as possible, even before the arrival of the ambulance. An AED defibrillator can help restore the heartbeat.
From today, AED defibrillators are available for rescuers and other emergency responders at 6 Rest and Service Areas of Autostrada Wielkopolska between Świecko and Nowy Tomyśl (Sosna, Gnilec, Koryta, Walewice, Rogoziniec and Chociszewo) and 9 Rest and Service Areas between Nowy Tomyśl and Konin (Wytomyśl, Dopiewiec, Konarzewo, Sołeczno, Gozdowo, Skarboszewo, Lądek, Osiecza III, and Osiecza II). Further 7 defibrillators will be installed right after the New Year.
- This equipment can definitely save a persons’ life. We hope AED defibrillator will not have to be used, but prefer to have it available in case of need in any Rest and Service Areas or on the motorway. We realize that in the course of successive waves of the pandemic, immediate access to professional medical assistance may in some cases be limited, and the ambulance may not arrive immediately. That is why we decided to fully install such devices to improve first aid and increase the chances of a person's survival while waiting for paramedics. In addition, in the coming years we plan to promote and provide quick training to willing drivers who stop at the Rest and Service Areas in the field of basic first aid rules. The health and safety of travelers is our top priority, says Krzysztof Andrzejewski of the Management Board of Autostrada Wielkopolska.
AED defibrillators are located in special cabinets connected, among others, with the Operation and Management Center, and are monitored. Each opening of the cabinet and removal of the defibrillator is recorded and checked by motorway patrols, in order to protect travelers and ensure their safety even more effectively.
In a situation where someone needs help using a defibrillator, where to start is not an issue. Each defibrillator is equipped with voice instructions and guides the rescuer step by step by analyzing the patient's condition. As a result, even untrained AED users can save someone's life. Remember that while waiting for an ambulance to arrive for an unconscious person, providing help and starting defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of losing consciousness increases such person’s chances of survival by as much as 70%. In turn, each minute of delay in starting defibrillation reduces these chances by 10%.
Each lifesaving kit placed on the toilet buildings of the Rest and Service Areas consists of a two-phase semi-automatic defibrillator (AED) with an integrated pediatric mode and electrodes. Defibrillators are placed in special AED cabinets, equipped with a light alarm, night illumination, a heating module activated in winter and a cooling system for summer. Next to the cabinets, there are boards with instructions on how to deal with emergencies and how to use the AED defibrillator.
Every minute counts
Monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Motorway never sleeps. Although packed with technology, it is under the watchful eye of hundreds of people who constantly care about its smooth operation.
Several interrelated systems of quick and professional response for the travelers’ safety operate on Autostrada Wielkopolska. However, advanced technologies would be of no use without the involvement of over 500 extremely competent and closely cooperating people. Among them are the employees of the Operation and Management Center (OMC), motorway patrols and interventions and garage employees who take care of the equipment in the Operation and Management Center.
The motorway is not like an ordinary road. There are characteristic markings, different speed limits, wider lanes, minimum two lanes in each direction. Drivers using the motorway notice barriers, fencing of the route, animal crossings or emergency roadside telephones. The so-called MOPs, i.e. Rest and Service Areas with toilets, gas stations, picnic areas, playgrounds for children or infrastructure related to toll collection. It's a complex system which requires knowledge, competence and technology to run effectively.
Operation and Management Center
The operators of the Operation and Management Center (OMC) are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are the ones who receive out calls at the emergency number on Autostrada Wielkopolska. OMC also receive road alerts and reports of collisions or accidents0
- Sometimes we receive several dozen notifications a day. Since the beginning of the year, we have already conducted over 300 hours of interviews. We have a lot of stories with a happy ending, for example about passports left in a motorway parking lot by travelers returning from abroad, which we and our patrol colleagues quickly found and handed over to the owners. - says Krzysztof Golis, head of the Operation and Management Center.
Mr. Krzysztof, like other employees of OMC, has at his disposal a modern traffic management system, radio and telephone exchange, emergency roadside telephone (ERT) system and other devices for collecting information located along the entire Wielkopolska Autostrada. It is thanks to the actions of OMC employees that drivers can count on quick help, know the situation on the route and whether the traffic runs smoothly.
They look at what other drivers cannot see
Patrols check the situation on the motorway 24 hours a day. Their task is to efficiently and professionally handle all unforeseen events and help travelers safely reach their destination. Patrol and intervention vehicles travel over 2 million km in a year.
During the shift, motorway patrol employees make control detours. They are at every point of Autostrada Wielkopolska every 2 hours during the day and every 4 hours at night. When help is needed, they reach the place of incident in about 15 minutes. In the event of an accident or collision, they secure the cars and passengers as well as the place of incident. They closely cooperate with the relevant services.
During the detour, motorway security employees check the condition of the road – markings and signage, barriers, service gates and fences. Any deviation from the standard can be dangerous for travelers, which is why constant control and quick intervention are so important.
- We also check the technical condition of Rest and Service Areas, we collect dangerous objects from the road. Even a piece of tire can be a hazard to other road users. If the object found on the route is larger, we pass the information on to the OMC and the colleagues from the intervention team come to pick it up. - says Mariusz Miliński, an employee of the Kotowo OMC patrol.
On-site service and workshop
Patrol cars are constantly in motion and are heavily exploited. During the day, they cover a total of approximately 5,500 km. For patrols to perform their tasks, the equipment must always be 100% operational. Every week, all cars undergo a general technical inspection.
- During the routine inspection, we replace quickly wearing parts and operating fluids. We constantly monitor the technical condition of our vehicles. If a car requires more in-depth intervention, e.g. the on-board computer or gearbox light comes on, the car is sent for service. In addition to patrol cars, our workshop takes care of over 130 other equipment and devices: mowers, excavators, trucks, salt spreaders, which we also service so that they are ready for action - explains Andrzej Czechowski, workshop manager at Kotowo OMC, one of the 5 located on the Autostrada Wielkopolska.
Autostrada Wielkopolska is a 255 km section of the A2 between Świecko and Konin, including the 16-kilometer, three-lane Poznań bypass between the Poznań Zachód and Poznań Krzesiny interchanges. It is one of the most important communication routes in the country. On average, 9 million vehicles use it annually, and at any time of the day or night they can count on the support of Autostrada Eksploatacja employees.
You will find the stories of patrol people and OMC employees at the Autostrada Wielkopolska website https://www.autostrada-a2.pl/corporate/media/gallery/
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Resurfacing in the Września motorway interchange
Next phase of resurfacing in the Września motorway interchange will commence on 20 September. Due to the works traffic diversions will be implemented. Drivers are asked to pay particular attention and abide by the temporary traffic signage.
In accordance with the maintenance plan, Autostrada Wielkopolska SA is commencing the works to replace the wearing course in the Września interchange located in km 209 of the A2 motorway. The works have been divided into several phases to reduce the nuisance for drivers. The second phase will commence on Monday 20 September with upgrading works are planned at the exit ramp from the A2 Motorway from the Warsaw direction to Września and from the Świecko direction to Września. The following traffic diversions have been set up:
- For vehicles driving in A2 Motorway from Warsaw, to take exit to Września, a diversion will be set up through the Słupca interchange, further along the DW466 provincial road to Słupca. Next in Słupca drivers will turn left into the DK92 in the direction of Września and further access the Września interchange of the A2 Motorway.
- for vehicles driving in A2 Motorway from Świecko, to take exit to Września, a diversion will be set up through the Poznań Wschód interchange, and further along the S5 provincial road to the Kostrzyn interchange. Next in the Kostrzyn interchange drivers will turn right into the DK92 in the direction of Września and further access the Września interchange of the A2 Motorway..
The above phase is planned to be implemented between 20 and 28 September this year. However weather conditions may affect the time limits of performance of individual phases. Autostrada Wielkopolska makes every effort to ensure that the upgrading works run smoothly and without unnecessary impediments, with a view to ensure high-quality of the road and the safety of drivers.
Resurfacing in the Rzepin motorway interchange
On Tuesday 24 August the works will start in the A2 exit ramp lane in the Warsaw direction to Rzepin and Świebodzin. Due to the works, the drivers travelling from Świecko will not be able to exit A2 to take the national road no 92. The traffic is diverted to the A2 toll section to the Torzym motorway interchange, next along the provincial road no 138 to Torzym and further along the national road no 92 to the Rzepin interchange. The drivers using the traffic diversion between the Tarnawa and Torzym Toll Plazas will be exempted from toll.
The following and the last phase of pavement upgrade in the Rzepin interchange is planned for 31 August this year. It will include the ramp lane enabling the entry to A2 from Rzepin and Świebodzin. The drivers travelling to Świecko from the above directions will use the entry in A2 in Torzym. The marked diversion from the Rzepin interchange under rehabilitation leads along the national road no 92 to Torzym, next along the provincial road no 138 to the Torzym interchange and continues along the A2 toll section to the Rzepin interchange. The drivers using the diversion will be exempted from toll in the section between Torzym Toll Station and Tarnawa Toll Plaza.
The Concessionaire took care to resurface the pavement in order to maintain high quality of the road and ensure travel comfort and safety of drivers using Autostrada Wielkopolska. To minimize traffic limitations, the works have been divided into 10 phases. The first phase commenced on 9 June this year.
Resurfacing in the Torzym motorway interchange
On the 9th of August upgrading works in the Torzym interchange will be continued. Phase 4 includes rehabilitation of the entry slip road onto A2 from district road 138 towards Poznań. Drivers are requested to be alert and to abide by the temporary traffic organization signs.
Detour will use district road 138, then national road 92, community road to Świebodzin Północ (North) Interchange (S3) and further on S3 expressway to Jordanowo interchange, where the drivers heading for Poznań will be able to enter A2.
In further steps alternating traffic system will be implemented in the area of the roundabout. Please pay attention and observe the temporary traffic organisation signs.
Autostrada Wielkopolska II SA has been performing the works related to the replacement of the wearing course in the Torzym Interchange. Such works are necessary to maintain high quality of the road and ensure travel comfort and safety of drivers using Autostrada Wielkopolska.
"Motorway Driving Lessons" - Autostrada Wielkopolska launches a new educational project
Autostrada Wielkopolska inaugurates the first socio-educational project in Poland "Motorway Driving Lessons". The project is aimed at enhancing traffic safety through constant improvement of the drivers' skills in terms of driving techniques on high-speed roads which are growing in number each year. Theoretical knowledge gained during the driving sessions will be supported by practical driving lessons on the motorway. The project will be implemented in collaboration with the driving schools in Wielkopolskie and Lubuskie districts, with a renowned rally driver, Tomasz Czopik as the project's ambassador.
Nowadays, the driving license course includes no obligatory part of driving on motorway or expressway sections. Many drivers have to face this challenge on their own during their first trip. That is why Autostrada Wielkopolska launched a groundbreaking project that will give the drivers opportunity to drive on the motorway accompanied by experienced driving school instructors. This will permit the drivers to become more confident and skilled when driving this type of roads.
- We have been constantly raising the level of safety related to road infrastructure available on the motorway operated by Autostrada Wielkopolska. Now, the time has come, to launch a project dedicated directly to the users of our motorway who are growing in number every year. It is our intention for every driver to be equipped with practical and, in the first place, proven skills that will help him/her feel confident and react properly when driving on the motorway. That's why Autostrada Wielkopolska invited professional driving schools to the project and will make the motorway available to the participating drivers free of charge. The instructors will initially prepare the drivers theoretically and teach them how to drive on the motorway, testing their responses in situations that are uncommon on other city roads. This will help the drivers abandon their fear of using high-speed roads and make their trips on the motorway pleasant and, what is most important, safe, says Krzysztof Andrzejewski, Member of the Management Board of Autostrada Wielkopolska SA.
The enrollment process has already begun in early July. During the first stage, the driving schools may apply for the participation in the project. The second stage of the process will commence in mid-August and will be addressed to persons willing to take a driving license course. In order to become a participant to the project it will be sufficient to select a driving school qualified to the "Motorway Driving Lessons" project which is nearest to the person's place of residence and take a course there. The exact date of the motorway lessons will depend on the syllabus followed by a given driving school working with Autostrada Wielkopolska. The partner driving schools participating in the project will be able, among others, to enter A2 motorway at no charge and will participate in a contest. The winner schools will receive valuable awards in support of their didactic efforts. The first edition of the "Motorway Driving Lessons" will continue until November 2021.
For the purpose of the project an online platform www.kursjazdynaautostradzie.pl was launched where the trainees, instructors and owners of the driving schools, but also those drivers who wish to get to know the motorway environment better and improve their driving skills on high-speed roads, will find all necessary information. The participants will find there, among others, theoretical and practical information how to behave on the motorway, videos illustrating the rules applying on the motorway and teaching materials necessary in the training process by driving schools.
The surveys made by ARC Rynek i Opinia [Market and Opinion] preceding the launching of the "Motorway Driving Lessons" project show that 66 percent of drivers make mistakes when driving on the motorway. Most respondents admit that they had no opportunity to learn how to drive on this type of road during their driving lessons before taking the driving license exam. It is true that driving on the motorway requires the drivers to remain extremely alert, focused and to be able to divide their attention. Optical illusion at exit with the need to lose speed, proper use of the acceleration lane or special layout of interchanges - these are but some of the situations that are absent on other roads but have to be faced by drivers on the motorway. Interestingly, there is common interest among Polish drivers in additional free driving lessons. As many as 80 percent of the drivers declare they are interested in learning the proper motorway driving techniques. The need for such training is also visible among those persons who intend to take the driving license exam. Here, 79 percent of respondents expressed their interest in additional driving lessons.
The "Motorway Driving Lessons" project may contribute to the efficient implementation of "Zero Vision" that is eliminating fatal accidents on Polish roads. The research by the Technical University of Gdańsk shows that the risk of death in an accident measured against the population of Poland in twice as high as the EU average and even tripled compared to the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden.
The "Motorway Driving Lessons" project is not the only socio-educational initiative of Autostrada Wielkopolska enhancing traffic safety. The project "Motorway to School" was a huge success. In the years 2017- 2019, 11 thousand 1 -3 grade students from almost 200 schools in Wielkopolskie and Lubuskie were trained. The project was aimed at efficiently educating children in traffic safety rules by way of teaching, playing and using state-of-the-art technology. It was the first time in Poland that Autostrada Wielkopolska used virtual reality to teach traffic safety rules. With the involvement of experts, a special application was developed compatible with the VR goggles. After putting them on, children would find themselves in a virtual city where they were learning the most important traffic safety rules. Also, in the neighborhood of schools in Wielkopolskie and Lubuskie, 8 experimental pedestrian crossings were built, with Zbyszek the Zebra as the mascot of the project, 2 further crossings were given new vertical signs, cat's eyes and red-painted pavement areas to slow the drivers down before the crossing.
The honorary patrons of the "Motorway Driving Lessons" project include the Marshall of Wielkopolskie District, the Marshall of Lubuskie District, the Mayor of Poznań and the National Traffic Safety Council.
Rehabilitation of pavement at Torzym interchange
On 19 July rehabilitation of pavement at Torzym interchange will commence (around km 35 of A2 motorway). The works will result in scheduled detours. Drivers are requested to be alert and to abide by the temporary traffic organization signs.
The Company Autostrada Wielkopolska II SA commences rehabilitation of pavement at Torzym interchange. The works will involve replacement of the wearing course. This is required in the context of maintaining high quality of the road and providing travel comfort and safety to drivers using the motorway of Autostrada Wielkopolska.
Works will be phased. Phase 1 will commence on 19 July 2021 and will involve rehabilitation of the exit slip road from A2 to district road 138 for the drivers traveling from Poznań. The detour will lead through Jordanowo interchange into S3 expressway and further down the community road on S3 Świebodzin Północ (North) interchange, through national road 92 and district road 138 to Torzym interchange.
Rehabilitation and temporary closure of the exit slip road from A2 towards district road 138 for drivers traveling from Świecko. The detour will lead through Rzepin interchange, national road 92 and further on district road 138 to Torzym interchange.
Phase 3 of the works will include rehabilitation and temporary closure of the entry slip road onto A2 from the district road 138 for drivers traveling to Świecko. The detour will lead through district road 138 to Torzym, further on national road 92 to Rzepin interchange where the drivers heading for Świecko will be able to enter A2.
Phase 4 includes rehabilitation of the entry slip road onto A2 from district road 138 towards Poznań. Detour will use district road 138, then national road 92, community road to Świebodzin Północ (North) Interchange (S3) and further on S3 expressway to Jordanowo interchange, where the drivers heading for Poznań will be able to enter A2.
Rehabilitation of pavement at Rzepin interchange
Roadworkers continue rehabilitation of Rzepin interchange (at km 21 of A2 motorway). Another phase of works is scheduled to commence 24 June. The works will entail closing the southwestern part of the southern roundabout at Rzepin interchange and half of the road (eastern lane) linking the northern roundabout to the southern one. Alternating traffic will continue on the southern roundabout and on the road between the two roundabouts. This means a hindrance for the drivers heading to Rzepin from Świecko, as they will have to take a detour on National Road 92 through the Polmax gas station in Boczów.
The resurfacing works are required in order to maintain high quality of the road and to ensure safety and comfort of trips to drivers using the motorway of Autostrada Wielkopolska.
With a view to minimize inconvenience resulting from traffic disruption, works have been divided into 10 phases. Woks have been progressing dynamically and on time - first three phases have already been completed.
Another stage will commence 28 June and will be performed on the eastern side of National Road 92 from Świebodzin to Rzepin, on the northeastern part of the southern roundabout at Rzepin interchange and on the road linking the northern and the southern roundabouts on eastern side. Alternating traffic will continue on the southern roundabout and on the road between the two roundabouts.
Also, alternating traffic will be launched on the western side of the National Road 92 section. In addition, the slip road from Rzepin/Road 92 towards Poznań will be closed. A detour on National Road 92 will be available through Torzym interchange - the drivers traveling from the area of Rzepin towards Poznań will be able to join the motorway traffic at Torzym interchange. Those drivers who already entered A2, for example in Świecko, and are heading towards Warsaw, will experience no traffic changes.
Resurfacing in the Rzepin motorway interchange
On June 14, the next stage of resurfacing will commence in the Rzepin motorway interchange (21 km A2). In connection with the works, alternating traffic will be organized on the 1254F district road. Drivers are kindly asked to pay special attention and observe temporary traffic organization signs.
Autostrada Wielkopolska II SA performs works related to the replacement of the wearing course of the pavement in the Rzepin motorway interchange located in km 21 of the A2 motorway. The resurfacing results is performed by the Concessionaire to maintain high quality of the road and ensure travel comfort and safety of drivers using the Autostrada Wielkopolska.
In order to minimize traffic restrictions, the works have been divided into 10 stages. The first stage started on 9 June this year will last until 14 June. The related traffic diversion along the National Road No. 92 from the Torzym Interchange towards Świecko will cease to apply on 14 June at the latest and drivers will then be able to use the exit in the Rzepin interchange. At the same time, upgrading works will be continued on 1254F district road in the section from the northern Rzepin roundabout in the direction of Rzepin. The alternating traffic will be obligatory in this section.
Rehabilitation of pavement at Rzepin interchange
On 9 June rehabilitation of pavement at Rzepin interchange will commence (around km 20 of A2 motorway). The works will result in scheduled detours. Drivers are requested to be alert and to abide by the temporary traffic organization signs.
The company Autostrada Wielkopolska II S.A. commences works involving the replacement of the wearing course of the pavement on the Rzepin interchange located at km 20 of A2 motorway. The resurfacing works are a token of the Concessionaire's diligence in terms of maintaining high quality of the road and providing travel comfort and safety to drivers using the motorway of Autostrada Wielkopolska.
The works will be split into 10 phases, the first of which is scheduled to begin on 9 June. The entire rehabilitation has been scheduled to be competed in the first half of 2021.
Phase one of the works will provide for the rehabilitation of the exit slip road from Poznań to the town of Rzepin and to National Road 92. The recommended detour to the town of Rzepin will use National Road 92, i.e. the drivers using A2 motorway , for example from Poznań to Rzepin, will be requested to exit the motorway at Torzym interchange into District Road 138 towards Torzym and further towards National Road 92 to Rzepin. Further traffic disturbance is also anticipated on the northern roundabout and the County Road 1254F (towards the town of Rzepin).
The renovation of the surface of parking spaces at MOP Gozdowo
New toll rates on the A2 section Nowy Tomyśl – Konin
As of 15 February 2021, toll rates will change on toll sections of the Autostrada Wielkopolska concession motorway Nowy Tomyśl - Konin. The change is caused by the increasing motorway maintenance costs and the inflation. The cost of using the A2 section Świecko - Nowy Tomyśl remains unaltered.
The change of toll rates on the 150 km stretch of A2 will become effective as of 15 February 2021. Commencing 6:00 a.m. that day, the toll rates for driving each of the three 50 km sections between Nowy Tomyśl and Konin will be as follows:
PLN 23 - Category 1 (motorcycles and two-axle motor vehicles)
PLN 34 - Category 2 (two - axle vehicles of which at least one axle is equipped with twin wheels, and motorcycles and two-axle vehicles with trailers)
PLN 52 - Category 3 (three - axle vehicles and two axle vehicles of which at least one axle is equipped with twin wheels with trailers)
PLN 80 - Category 4 (vehicles with more than three axles and vehicles with three axles with trailers)
PLN 230 - Category 5 (oversize vehicles)
The foregoing toll rates include VAT, as the concession motorway tolls in Poland, unlike to public motorways, are subject to a 23% Value Added Tax.
The cost of using the Autostrada Wielkopolska concession section Świecko - Nowy Tomyśl remains unaltered. Drivers of Category 1 vehicles pay PLN 18 for 106 km of that section. This means that for a trip on the entire stretch of Autostrada Wielkopolska motorway from Świecko to Konin (255 km long) the car drivers have to pay ca. PLN 0.34 per kilometer.
The level of prices for using toll sections of Autostrada Wielkopolska motorway is impacted by actual maintenance costs, debt service expenses and the expenditure under the Long-term Investment Plan. The toll increase also reflects the continued inflation pressure. According to Eurostat, the retail price increase in Poland in 2020 amounted to 3.4% and was the highest in the entire European Union. On top of that, according to the National Bank of Poland, the base inflation, excluding the food and energy prices, being goods particularly sensitive to internal and external supply shocks, remained in the second semester of 2020 at a record level of more than 4%, unseen in 18 years. Also, the NBP data shows the inflation expectations remain at a high level. More than 61% of entrepreneurs participating in a special survey believe that in the nearest 12 months prices will grow in line with inflation or faster.
For many years now Autostrada Wielkopolska has been providing travelers with safe trip conditions and highest standard service. This means, in particular:
Exquisite maintenance of pavement and safe journey conditions,
24/7 assistance in the event of a breakdown or an incident,
Hotline and other communication channels for drivers,
Clean and safe Rest and Service Areas,
Availability of gas stations, including restaurants,
Caring for the well-being of animals, maintaining animal bridges and greenery,
High standards of environmental protection.
Presently, Autostrada Wielkopolska is finalizing the expansion project of the Poznań Bypass. Not a single Zloty has been spent for this project by taxpayers or the State budget. The entire construction worth PLN 202 million has been financed by the Concessionaire's equity. Since 20 December 2019 there are already three lanes in each direction on the 16 km stretch of the Poznań Bypass, from Poznań West (Zachód) Interchange to Poznań Krzesiny Interchange. That phase of the project was completed under traffic, for the first time ever in Poland. During the construction process, drivers could uninterruptedly use 2 lanes in each direction. The opening of a 3-lane bypass that took place half a year ahead of the schedule did not mean the process ended. In 2020 new noise barriers were built and the existing ones were enlarged, guard rails were replaced at interchanges, as well as road signage and marking. Also, modern and intelligent lighting of the extended Bypass was taken care of. 1300 LED lamps were installed. Their primary advantage is better lighting of the lane and energy saving quality. This type of lighting consumes half the energy compared to traditional sodium lights. The lighting management system permits intelligent light intensity control. Thus, the lighting is adequate to current road and weather conditions, as well as the traffic volume. An important change that enhanced safety of the drivers was also the traffic management system that was launched in late 2020. Nine variable message signs between Gołuski and Nagradowice Toll Plazas provide ongoing information regarding traffic situation. The extension of the Poznań Bypass has been extremely important to millions of dwellers within the Poznań metropolitan area who use the Bypass free of charge. It has also been an important project facilitating national and international transport, as the A2 motorway is a major route connecting the Eastern and Western Poland with Europe. This project is also the best example of how Autostrada Wielkopolska provides highest quality motorway service.
In 2020 the Company equipped the Toll Plazas with outdoor payment terminals permitting contactless toll payment without involving toll collectors. The Company also refurbished the toilet buildings at the Rest Areas. In addition, the e-vehicles charging station network has been developed, as well as many other environmentally friendly solutions.
Presently, Autostrada Wielkopolska is working on the improvement for the drivers traveling on the A2 concession section in terms of electronic toll collection, using the video toll, i.e. automatic number plate recognition. Along with the new system, the loyalty scheme for drivers will be launched.
Autostrada Wielkopolska SA and Autostrada Wielkopolska II SA are international concession companies responsible for the construction and operation of a 255 km stretch of A2 motorway from Świecko to Konin which is the biggest PPP project in this part of Europe. Projects pursued by both concession companies turned out to be great success in that they were completed on time and within the initial budgets agreed with the public party and lenders, with no EU subsidies involved nor any financing from the Polish State Treasury. The key shareholders of Autostrada Wielkopolska SA and Autostrada Wielkopolska II SA include Meridiam international fund and KI One SA.