At the beginning of March 2015 Warsaw got its long-awaited second metro line.
The east-west route’s central stretch is 6 kilometres long and forms the core of the line which will ultimately consist of up to 27 stations. The remaining stations are planned for 2020.
There’s also another branch of the same line, the so called south-eastern branch, which will split the line in more or less the same way London’s Northern line is split into separate branches.
The new line has connected the gigantic National Stadium to the centre of the Polish capital, providing easy access to the venue from the left bank of the Vistula River.
So if you’re planning a trip to Warsaw, make sure to visit some of the new stations if only to admire their design, which can only be described as clean, simple, but also quite spectacular.
Here’s a picture of the (then still unfinished) Nowy Świat station, taken last year:
And here is Świętokrzyska Station last week, days after the new line became operational:
But probably the most spectacular escalator can be found at the new Centrum Nauki Kopernik Station:
The third line of the Warsaw metro has already been proposed, but so far proved controversial and there’s no specific launch date yet.
Images by Liwnik and Wiesław Ludwiczak, Creative Commons/Flickr.