Rail freight by commodity groups in 2Q 2022
In 2Q 2022 62.8 m tonnes of freight were carried, which accounted for 15.9 bn tonne-km of the transport performance. This result is 0.5 m tonnes and 1.4 bn tonne-km better than in 1Q 2022. Coal, lignite, crude oil and natural gas was the largest share, i.e. 32.2% of the total weight carried. The largest increase in the weight compared to 1Q 2022 - more than 2.6 m tonnes - was in metal ores, mining and quarrying products group.
Intermodal transport in 2Q 2022
Over 6.6 m tonnes of goods were transported by intermodal rail services in 2Q 2022. The transport performance exceeded 2.2 bn tonne-km. In 2Q 2022 the weight of goods carried in intermodal transport fell year-on-year. However, the transport performance increased.
New rules for exams for train driver's licence and certificate
From 1st January 2023 exams for train driver's licence and certificate will be conducted by the President of the Office of Rail Transport. An important change will be an introduction of the practical part of the exam on a railway vehicle simulator. The exam will be conducted at the Examination and Monitoring Centre for Train Drivers in Warsaw. These changes will not affect all train driver candidates immediately. Below you will find information who will take exams under the new rules.
Rail safety in 2021
In 2021 the accident rate on the railway network was 1.97. This parameter is lower than before the pandemic, but higher than in pandemic 2020. The Office of Rail Transport has published the “Rail Safety Report 2021”.
Rail transport in July 2022
In July 30.5 m passengers travelled by rail, i.e. 29.4% more than a year ago. This was the best July transport result since the Office of Rail Transport started to collect data. In rail freight 20.9 m tonnes of goods were transported, which is an increase by 1% compared to July 2021.
Third draft of PKP PLK price list for 2022/2023 timetable
After the President of the Office of Rail Transport refused twice to approve the draft price list for 2022/2023 timetable, the infrastructure manager PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe submitted for approval a new draft of the price list of charges for using railway infrastructure for 2022/2023 timetable. The President of the Office of Rail Transport invites interested applicants to give their opinion on the draft price list of the infrastructure manager.
Main intermodal train routes in Poland
26.5 m tonnes were transported by intermodal rail services in in 2021, which is 2.7 m tonnes more than in 2020. The most popular intermodal transport routes were those leading from the seaports of Gdańsk and Gdynia to Brzeg Dolny or Warsaw and via the border crossings with Germany and Belarus. The terminals in Małaszewicze, Gdańsk and Gdynia play a major role in international transport.
New English translation of the Railway Transport Act 2003
The Office of Rail Transport prepared a new unofficial translation of the main legal act which regulates railway transport in Poland. The new translation covers changes introduced by 4th railway package. We remind that this is an unofficial translation and provided for reference only.
PKP PLK price list not approved
For the second time this year the President of the Office of Rail Transport refused to approve the draft price list of the Polish national infrastructure manager, PKP PLK, in the part on the method of calculation of unit rate of basic and shunting fee. The infrastructure manager can submit a new draft price list for approval within 30 days or decide that for 2022/2023 timetable they will apply the current price list which is in force since 2018.
Georgian railways closer to EU: Office of Rail Transport supports railway reform in Georgia
The representatives from the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and Georgian Railways visited the Office of Rail Transport. The purpose of the visit was to study the functioning of the National Safety Authority and rail transport regulator. The Georgian delegation also had the opportunity to learn about the practical aspects of the European Train Control System (ETCS) on one of the simulators at the Examination and Monitoring Centre for Train Drivers.
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