A record year for intermodal railway transport
Freight railway carriers transported 19.5 million tonnes of intermodal goods in 2019. Transfer service amounted to 7.1 billion tonne-kilometres. In comparison to 2018 the weight of transported goods rose by almost 15%, and operational service - by 14.5%.
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.
January 2020 transfer service results
Over two million passengers more than a year before - that's the result of passenger carriers' performance in January of 2020. Operational and transfer service also rising. Freight transfer service has however witnessed a decline.
Meetings of IRG-Rail working groups at UTK
Between 12 and 14 February 2020 meetings of IRG-Rail working groups took place at headquarters of the Office of Rail Transport (Pol. Urząd Transportu Kolejowego, UTK) in Warszawa, Poland. The main meeting topics were access to railway infrastructure and charges stemming from that. IRG-Rail is a group gathering independent railway market regulators from 31 European countries.
What do railway passengers complain about?
In 2019 the Office of Rail Transport (Pol. Urząd Transportu Kolejowego, UTK) received 1341 passenger complaints. It is slightly less than the previous year's result (1348). The number of complaints has risen with regard to hygene, comfort and service quality, and declined as to the timetable. Most of the complaints have arrived at UTK by electronic means (e-mail).
Railway safety in 2019 – initial summary
Railways in Poland have remained the safest means of land transport. Last year has brought the lowest number of accidents on railway tracks. Almost 30 serious accidents less were noted than in 2018. Initial estimates also show that the accident factor (number of accidents divided by operational service) has reached the lowest level since such data has been collected – 2.3.
The year 2019 at UTK - summary
Strengthening of safety on railway crossings, start of the Academy on Railway Safety, further Campaign Railway ABC trainings, but also preparations for the introduction of the 4th Railway Package - those were the most important activities at the Office of Rail Transport (Pol. Urząd Transportu Kolejowego, UTK) in 2019.
Another positive year for railways - transfer service results for 2019
In 2019 the number of transported passengers exceeded 335 million. This amounts to more than 25 million passengers more than in 2018. It also constitutes the best result since 2001. Last year as well noted the transport service of goods at the level of 236 million tonnes. This however means a fall by 5% in comparison to 2018.
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