Maps of silent sections in the European Union
European Union Agency of Railways has published on its website the lists and maps of silent sections of railway routes as provided by the Member States. After the amendement of the NOISE TSI freight trains with wagons equipped with cast-iron brake blocks cannot operate on silent sections. The regulation intends to lower the noise level of passing trains. Certain types of rolling stock operating in Poland has been exempted from this regulation until 2036.
Polish borders shut down in order to contain COVID-19. International train connections suspended
Starting on 15 March (Sunday) all international passenger railway and air connections to Poland have been suspended. Freight transport should operate without restrictions. All inland passenger railway services are also fully provided.
The Polish railway system is ready to face a potential threat of coronavirus
In the headquarters of the Office of Rail Transport (Pol. Urząd Transportu Kolejowego, UTK) in Warsaw a meeting on the coordination of activities, connected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus threat, was held. The discussion was aimed at presentation of procedures introduced in Poland, but also in neighbouring countries. An important element of the meeting was the discussion on the reaction to emerging threats and revision of existing procedures.