More than 90 thousand railway employees
In 2018 there were more than 90 thousand persons employed in the railway market. Mostly those are employees of railway carriers and infrastructure managers. The number of employees has been systematically dropping – in 2010 there were more than 103 thousand of them. The whole branch employed in 2018 111 persons fewer than at the end of 2017. The number of employees has risen at carrier undertakings and fallen at infrastructure managing companies.
Secondees from the Eastern Partnership programme at UTK.
Representatives of Armenia and Ukraine are visiting the Office of Rail Transport (Pol. Urząd Transportu Kolejowego, UTK). Eastern Partnership is a EU programme of assistance directed towards six countries in Eastern Europe and concentrates on activities in the sphere of public administration, aiming at building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation.
The „Report on the railway transport safety in 2018” has been published
In 2018 none of the safety indicators exceeded the accepted level of risk (national reference value) set for Poland. The general number of accidents (not only serious) has decreased, as the operational performance has increased. The accident indicator, measured as a relation of accident number to operational performance, was at its lowest in the last year since 2008. Such data was published in the yearly report sent to the European Agency for Railways.
Freight transport in August 2019
In the period January – August of 2019 freight carriers transported almost 158 million tonnes, which means a fall by 5% in comparison to the corresponding period of 2018. Transport service amounted to 37.6 billion tonne-kilometres and operational service – almost 55 million train-kilometres. This means a decrease of those values by 4.5% and 5.6% respectively.
Passenger transport in August 2019
In August of 2019 the number of passengers exceeded 28 million. That’s almost 2 million passengers more than in the same period of last year. Transport service amounted to 2.3 billion passenger-kilometres and operational performance – to 15.1 million train-kilometres. Average travel distance of a passenger reached the level of 80 kilometres (down by 2.6%).
Cooperation agreement between the Office of Rail Transport and European Union Agency for Railways
European Union Agency for Railways (EUAR) will cooperate with the Office of Rail Transport (Pol. Urząd Transportu Kolejowego, UTK) with regard to issuing of single safety certificates and authorisations for placing in service. This stems from the agreement signed today on behalf of both entities by Mr. Josef Doppelbauer, Sc. D., Executive Director of EUAR and Mr. Ignacy Góra, Sc. D., the President of UTK. The event took place during the 2019 TRAKO railway fair.
Examination into the regulations governing access to platforms on passenger railway stations
Platforms are part of railway infrastructure, and should not be treated as a railway service facility. Such is the conclusion of the verdict of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of 10 July 2019. The Office of Rail Transport (Pol. Urząd Transportu Kolejowego, UTK) has commenced controlling activities in order to ascertain whether infrastructure managers in Poland act in accordance with the CJEU’s interpretation of these regulations.
Freight transport in July 2019
In July of 2019 various carriers transported by rail over 20.3 million tonnes of goods, which means a decrease by 4% in comparison to July of 2018. The transport service amounted to nearly 4.8 billion tonne-kilometres (down by 6.3%), while the operational performance was at the level of almost 7 million train-kilometres (down by 8.2%). The average transport distance was 235 km.
Passenger transport in July 2019
27.5 million passengers travelled by rail in July 2019 - more than 1 million passengers than in July of last year. Passenger transport services amounted to 2.2 billion passenger-kilometres, and operational performance - to 14.5 million trainkilometres.
Two LEO Express companies have applied for open access
The Office of Rail Transport (Pol. Urząd Transportu Kolejowego, UTK) has received two similarly worded applications from Leo Express s.r.o. and Leo Express Global a.s. (both from the Czech Republic) requesting open access for the railway route Prague – Wrocław. Both carriers have applied for permission to operate trains on that route for the period of 5 years, beginning at the end of 2019.
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