New rules on quarantine for travellers
From January 15, 2021, new rules for reporting to the mandatory quarantine are in force. When you are travelling to Poland by collective transport from abroad, also by rail, you are required to report this fact by phone to the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate in order to undergo mandatory quarantine. Carriers who run international trains crossing Polish border are obliged to inform passengers about this obligation.
Polish infrastructure manager PKP PLK draft price list 2021/2022
Polish national infrastructure manager, PKP PLK, submitted a draft price list for the use of railway infrastructure to the President of the Office of Rail Transport for approval. The new price list will replace the list which has been applied on PKP PLK’s network since 2018. The draft price list is under consultation now.
Rail transport in November 2020
Trends in rail transport in November 2020 can be summarized as a drop in passenger transport and an increase in freight. 12.4 m passengers travelled by rail which is 17 m less than in November 2019. 20.6 m tonnes of cargo were transported by rail carriers which is by 0.7 m tonnes more than in November 2019.
Mandatory quarantine when travelling to Poland
From Monday, December 28, 2020, passengers coming to Poland by collective transport from abroad, also by rail, are required to undergo a 10-day quarantine. Moreover, the passengers are under an obligation to provide the carrier with information about place of residence or stay where they will be quarantined.
Open access to railway infrastructure granted to 4 carriers
In November and December 2020 the President of the Office of Rail Transport issued 11 administrative decisions granting 4 railway carriers open access to railway infrastructure. The legal basis for most of the decisions was Regulation 869/2014, which expired on December 12, 2020.
2020/2021 timetable’s highligths
A new annual train timetable was introduced at midnight December 12/13, 2020. On many routes a new timetable is an improvement in transport offer and shorter travel times. The Office of Rail Transport carried out supervisory activities at several stations and stops.
Rail freight by commodity groups in 3Q 2020
In 3Q 2020 the transport of bulk and unidentifiable goods increased. However, from the beginning of the year, as compared to 2019, the share of coal, aggregates and ores in the total weight of goods transported by rail decreased. In comparison to the previous years, the commodity groups transported mainly by intermodal carriers, such as unidentifiable goods, machines, devices, electrical and electronic equipment, transport equipment, furniture and other finished products, are gaining importance. In 3Q 2020 the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on rail freight was less visible. As compared to 2Q 2020 an increase in the total weight transported was recorded.
Inter-KomTrans ECM certificate revoked
The President of the Office of Rail Transport withdrew the Entity in Charge of Maintenance (ECM) certificate issued for Sylwester Komisarek P.W. Inter-KomTrans. After the decision to revoke the ECM certificate becomes final, the company will not be able to provide maintenance services for freight wagons.
English translation of Report on rail transport market operations in 2019 is available
The Report on rail transport market operations in 2019 is the major official publication on the Polish rail market. This is an annual report and its preparation is required by law – the Railway Transport Act 2003. The English translation covers full version of the report.
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