Train punctuality in 3Q 2020


In 3Q 2020 almost 94% of passenger trains and 43% of freight trains arrived on time at their destination. Rail operators launched almost 115 thous. trains more than in 2Q 2020. The number of delayed trains also increased.

From July to September 93.93% of passenger trains arrived on time at their final destination (delays were over 5 minutes 59 seconds). In 1Q 2020 train punctuality was at 94.68% and in 2Q it was at 96.62%. The highest train punctuality in 3Q was recorded in July – 94.33%. In August punctuality rate was at 93.64% and in September at 93.83%. The trains of operators which use their own infrastructure were characterized by a very high punctuality rate – for WKD, the Warsaw Commuter Railway, it was at 99.58% and for PKP SKM in the Tri-City it was at 99.10%. SKPL Cargo launched 352 trains in 3Q 2020 and none of them was delayed by more than 5 minutes 59 seconds. PKP Intercity which runs long distance trains recorded punctuality at 85.89% (average delay was 8 minutes 29 seconds).

In 3Q 2020 42.69% of freight trains were on time. In 1Q and 2Q punctuality rate was higher and amounted to 47.49% and 51.09% respectively. In 3Q the highest number of freight trains on time was recorded in July – 43.53%. In August the punctuality rate was 42.18% and in September – 42.40%. The average delay for a freight train was 588 minutes.

- The impact of Covid-19 epidemic on the number of trains launched in 3Q 2020 decreased. The train punctuality rate is similar to that in 1Q. The European Commission in its communiqué on transport during the COVID-19 epidemic noted that the rail freight proved to be a reliable and resilient mode of transport. Moreover, its punctuality rose significantly in the initial phase of the epidemic when the network capacity increased – comments Ignacy Góra, the President of the Office of Rail Transport. - At the same time, the Commission draws our attention to the fact that the infrastructure managers and rail operators should focus on minimizing delays at the borders and on increasing flexibility of rail transport services. The infrastructure managers should also work on reliability of rail freight services and strengthen cooperation with freight carriers on capacity allocation and operational management of international rail services – he adds.

In 3Q 2020 licensed rail operators launched over 419 thous. passenger trains (which is an increase by over 104 thous. trains as compared to 2Q 2020 and a decrease by 6 trains as compared to 1Q 2020) and less than 108 thous. freight trains (which is an increase by over 10 thous. trains as compared to 2Q 2020 and over 7 thous. trains as compared to 1Q 2020).

In 3Q 2020 2.9 thous. passenger trains and over 7.3 thous. freight trains were cancelled.

Detailed data on train punctuality in 3Q 2020 can be found in the Passenger transport statistics section and the Freight statistics section (with interactive graphs).

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