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Poland - Articles and news items

Poland’s modern Express InterCity Premium trains

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 /

PKP InterCity has invested in purchasing 20 modern high-speed Pendolino trains to improve passenger services. For European Railway Review, Marek Chraniuk, President of the Board at PKP InterCity, gives a technical overview of the new fleet as well as their on-board features specifically designed to provide passengers with a premium level of travelling comfort.

EIB supports modernisation of Rail Baltica in Poland

Rail industry news / 19 December 2016 /

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to extend a loan agreement with Polish railway company PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. for the modernisation of line within the Rail Baltica project.

Alstom’s Pendolino sets new standard for railway travel in Poland

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.

PKP Cargo to purchase 15 Siemens Vectron multi-system locomotives

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.

Newag delivers IMPULS EMUs for Polish regional railway

Rail industry news / 10 June 2015 /

Polish regional railway operator Koleje Mazowieckie has taken delivery of twelve IMPULS 45WE EMUs from train manufacturer Newag.

Polish rail signalling contract for the E59 rail corridor awarded to Bombardier

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.

Poland: Waiting for Pendolino trains

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.

Poland: EIB increases support for high-speed trains

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…

Thales strengthens its position on the Polish rail market

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…

Bombardier signalling technology for Poland boosts european mobility

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…

Keen to develop services to drive growth

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.

The status of Rail Polska so far…

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.