Poland - Articles and news items
Rail industry news / 13 October 2015 /
Alstom’s high speed Pendolino trains have set a new standard for railway travel in Poland by reaching 5 million kilometres in revenue service.
Rail industry news / 24 September 2015 /
Poland based PKP Cargo have placed and order for 15 Vectron multi-system locomotives from Siemens for €75 million.
Rail industry news / 10 June 2015 /
Polish regional railway operator Koleje Mazowieckie has taken delivery of twelve IMPULS 45WE EMUs from train manufacturer Newag.
Rail industry news / 21 April 2015 /
The final signalling contract for the Polish section of the E59 rail corridor between Wroclaw to Poznan has been awarded to Bombardier by Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.
Issue 3 2014 / 4 June 2014 /
The manager of the Polish state-owned railway infrastructure – PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (PLK S.A.) – is implementing the largest investment programme in its history; its value, between 2012 and 2015, will amount to over €6 billion. For European Railway Review, Piotr Malepszak – Director of the Railroads Office at PKP PLK S.A – explains that the main characteristics of this huge programme are all about the optimal utilisation of the Pendolino trains which are to roll onto Polish tracks later this year, plus important infrastructure modernisation works.
Rail industry news / 16 May 2013 /
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is increasing its loan for PKP Intercity’s Pendolino trains from EUR 224m to EUR 342m…
Rail industry news / 25 February 2013 /
Bombardier with Thales and Nokia Siemens Networks won the contract to modernize the signalling of the 350 km long E65 railway line…
Rail industry news / 20 December 2012 /
Bombardier will deliver its globally proven ERTMS solution for the 340 km Warsaw to Gdynia section of Poland’s E65 line…
Issue 3 2012 / 8 June 2012 /
Arriva was the first, and remains, the only private rail company operating in the Polish market. Supported by over 150 employees, the company delivers 2.5 million train kilometres annually, serving over 100 stations and handling over two million passengers in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Pomorskie voivodeships. Arriva RP is committed to providing a safe, secure and high-quality service to all of its passengers.
Arriva entered the Polish rail market in 2007 via a joint venture with PCC Rail, a company that held a passenger license and had vast knowledge of the Polish rail freight market. Arriva brought a wealth of experience in the public transport and rail passenger operations arena to the joint venture. The Consortium began operations in December 2007 after securing a three-year tender in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodeship.
From the beginning, Arriva encountered several difficulties associated with the short time for mobilisation (contract was signed in August, while operations were due to start in December of same year) and delays in the polonisation of rolling stock.
Issue 4 2011 / 4 August 2011 /
Rail Polska was established in November 1999 by Mr. Edward Burkhardt, the founder and the only owner of Rail World Inc., registered in Chicago. Mr. Burkhardt successfully privatised railways in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Estonia. The original aim of the company was to take part in the privatisation of PKP Cargo which had just started to be considered. However, it soon turned out that the privatisation would not take place quickly. And then, our owner decided to use Rail Polska as the basis for creating his own freight transport operator.
On 1 March 2003, having analysed existing market opportunities, Rail Polska purchased 100% of shares in ‘Kolex’ – a company providing Firma Chemiczna ‘Dwory’ / the Chemical Company ‘Dwory’ in Oświęcim with railway transport services, and Zec Trans – a company offering motor transport services and providing five railway sidings belonging to Kogeneracja Wrocław (Zespół Elektrowni Wrocławskich) with railway services.
Issue 1 2011 / 15 February 2011 /
In the past, Poland (with its 23,000km railway network) badly needed a good operational radio communication system. The first simple analogue system started in 1972 connecting the harbours of Gdynia and Gdansk with Silesia. The radio-telephone network has provided good communication between dispatchers and running trains along the whole route of approximately 800km. The loco-drivers, beside the connection with the dispatchers, were able to communicate among themselves. On the frame of this system (which was called colloquially ‘train line radio’) various mutations were created, e.g. marshalling yards or emergency/rescue networks. As it was mentioned, the first PKP analogue system using simplex transmission worked properly and is still operating in a 150 MHz band.
Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /
On 11 and 12 of May 2010, European Railway Review organised Polish Rail Development 2010 – a comprehensive event for industry personnel to gather in one place to learn and discuss the most important issues surrounding the development of the railway market in Poland.
Held in the vibrant and historic city of Warsaw and Hosted by PKP Railway Lines S.A., Day One began with the Chairman of the event, Aleksander Domaradzki – an Independent Industry Expert – welcoming all delegates, speakers and sponsors and making clear that with the continuing volcanic ash problems, the situation continues to show how important the railway industry is.