Rail transport in April 2023
In April 2023 30.1 m passengers travelled by rail and more than 18 m tonnes of goods were carried. Compared to April 2022 the number of passengers increased by 11.7% and the weight of goods dropped by 15.3%.
First train driver candidates pass state exams
Almost 150 people have taken their state exams at the Examination and Monitoring Centre for Train Drivers (CEMM). From 2023 the President of the Office of Rail Transport is conducting state examinations for train driver candidates. So far only tests for train driver's licence have been conducted and CEMM is prepared for the next stage – conducting exams for train driver's certificate with simulators.
Georgian twinning programme with the Office of Rail Transport
Delegation from the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgian Railways and representatives of the Georgian railway twinning project visited the headquarter of the Office of Rail Transport in Warsaw. The study visit of the Georgian experts is part of the EU-funded twinning project “Supporting the approximation of the Georgian legal and institutional framework to the EU rail transport acquis”.
Rail carriers’ insurances in Central Europe
From EUR 500,000 (per incident) or EUR 2,000,000 (for all incidents) to EUR 20,000,000 (per incident) or at least EUR 40,000,000 (for all incidents) – this is the range of the minimum guarantee sums of annual insurance for rail carriers in Poland’s neighbouring countries. In Poland for the majority of carriers, the minimum insurance amount is EUR 2,500,000. In order to carry transport operations on the territory of another country, the carrier must meet the insurance requirements applicable in this country.
Rail transport in February 2023
In February 2023 more than 27.3 m passengers used rail services and almost 19 m tonnes of goods were carried by rail companies. On a year-on-year basis it is an increase by 28.5% in passenger numbers and a decrease by 4.3% in freight weight.
Charges for access to railway infrastructure
Most infrastructure managers for the 2023/2024 timetable will keep old price lists this year. Approvals for new draft new price lists have been requested by the Lower Silesian Road and Railway Service in Wrocław, the Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway and Sławków Euroterminal.
One year of the EVR. Poland first to implement the EU register
As the first Member State in the European Union, Poland has fully implemented the European Vehicle Register (EVR) which replaced the National Vehicle Register (NVR). Since 1 February 2022, all vehicle registration tasks are carried out in the EVR. During this one year, more than 1,350 new and retrofitted vehicles were registered in the EVR.
Spring timetable adjustment
On 12 March 2023 came into force the spring adjustment of the annual timetable, which took into account next phases of modernisation works on the Polish railway network. Trains according to this timetable will run until 10 June. The new timetables are displayed on posters at stations and stops.
PKP PLK price list remains unchanged for the 2023/2024 timetable
Polish infrastructure manager PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. informed the President of Office of Rail Transport that in the next timetable 2023/2024 they will apply the unit rates for use of railway infrastructure used in the previous timetable 2022/2023.
Women in rail sector
Forty-five women are driving trains in Poland and another 45 have already completed the first step on their way to driving trains themselves - obtaining their train driver's licence. More than 22 thous. women work on the railways in different occupations.
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