New impulse for development of hydrogen economy in Poland
The development and implementation of hydrogen technologies may determine whether we achieve climate neutrality. On the initiative of Michał Kurtyka, the Minister of Climate and Environment, representatives of public administration, entrepreneurs, science and non-governmental organizations signed on 14 October 2021 "Sectoral Agreement for Development of Hydrogen Economy in Poland". On behalf of the President of Office of Rail Transport, the agreement was signed by Marcin Trela, Vice President of the Office.
Proceedings for withdrawal of CTL Logistics’ safety certificate initiated
After the September incident at Łowicz Główny railway station, an inquiry was carried out by the Office of Rail Transport. The inspectors identified many irregularities in the safety management system of the rail carrier CTL Logistics sp. z o.o. This resulted in initiation of administrative proceedings for the withdrawal of the safety certificate of CTL Logistics sp. z o.o.
Passenger trains again cross Poland’s eastern border
Recent amendments to the Regulation of the Council of Ministers enabled rail carriers to resume international connections crossing the external border of the European Union with the exception of Belarus. From 30 September 2021 it is possible to run trains connecting Poland and Ukraine as planned in the annual timetable.
New open access decisions
The President of the Office of Rail Transport granted open access to two rail passenger carriers. On the basis of the issued decisions, Koleje Mazowieckie will be able to launch connections from Warszawa Zachodnia to Ustka and RegioJet from Warszawa Wschodnia to Ostend in Belgium.
Cooperation Agreement between the Regulatory Bodies in the Rail Freight Corridor 11 “Amber” signed
The Regulatory Bodies from Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland signed an Cooperation Agreement, which is the basis for an efficient functioning of the Rail Freight Corridor “Amber” (RFC 11). This document defines the principles of cooperation of Regulatory Bodies for conducting administrative proceedings regarding access to the RFC 11 railway infrastructure.
Rail freight by commodity groups in 2Q 2021
In 2Q 2021 60.1 m tonnes of goods were transported by rail. The transport performance was 13.8 bn tonne-km. The highest share - 35.5% - had coal, lignite, crude oil and natural gas. The highest increase in transported weight - by nearly 2.9 m tonnes - was recorded for metal ores, mining and quarrying products.
Rail transport in August 2021
In August 2021 over 24.9 m passengers travelled by rail. When compared to August 2020, the number of travellers increased by 23.7%. It was the best result since the outbreak of the pandemic. A rise in rail transport parameters was also recorded in rail freight: 21.2 m tonnes of goods were transported, which is an increase by 12.3% when compared to the previous year.
Rail transport in July 2021
In July 2021 over 23.5 m passengers travelled by rail. The number of travellers increased by over 24% when compared to July 2020 and it was the best result since the outbreak of the pandemic. In July over 20.7 m tonnes of goods were transported by rail which is an increase by over 12% when compared to the previous year.
Intermodal transport in 2Q 2021
The mass of transported goods by intermodal transport in 2Q 2021 reached nearly 6.8 m tonnes. The transport performance was 2 bn tonne-km. When compared to 2Q 2020, in 2Q 2021 all intermodal transport parameters increased.
Guide on applying for single safety certificates updated
Amendments to the Railway Transport Act 2003, which entered into force on 28 July 2021, regulated the use of One-Stop Shop (OSS) application and introduced the principle of automatic expiration of the previously binding safety certificates Part A and B after issuing a single safety certificate. With the entry into force of the 4th railway package, it is no longer possible to issue safety certificates for Parts A and B. Rail operators must apply for single safety certificates. The Office of Rail Transport updated a guide where you can find information on how to apply for a single safety certificate.
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