Rail transport in March 2021
The number of rail passengers grows for five months in a row. However, when compared to March 2020 with no travel restrictions in place, in March 2021 we see a decline (14%). 15.3 m people travelled by rail - over 7% more than in February 2021. Rail freight is on rise. In March 2021 the weight of transported goods amounted to 21.3 m tonnes - over 19% more than in February 2021 and almost 11% more than in March 2020.
New signatories of the Declaration on development of safety culture in rail transport
25 companies operating in railway sector signed the Declaration on development of safety culture in rail transport. The initiative is addressed to all representatives of rail industry and it aims to develop a safety culture as a holistic system that includes specific measures to handle risk, safety and threats in rail transport, but also certain values and attitudes.
Steam loco Ty2 documentary premiere
Ty2-323 steam locomotive is the subject of the next feature from "Railway monuments – saving from oblivion" series. This short reportage shows unique Ty2 series steam locomotives from technical perspective – through their technical documentation, i.e. the locomotive book and the boiler book, which have been preserved thanks to the efforts of the President of the Office of Rail Transport. You can watch the steam loco Ty2 documentary on-line.
End of transition period for interoperability constituents without EC declaration
On May 31, 2021, the possibility of issuing EC certificates of verification for structural subsystems Infrastructure and Energy which contain interoperability constituents that do not have an EC declaration of conformity or an EC declaration of suitability for use ends. It is due to the end of the transitional period indicated in Commission Regulations (EU) No 1299/2014 and 1301/2014.
Safety notifications: how we create safe railways together
In 2020 440 notifications regarding railway traffic safety were submitted to the Office of Rail Transport. After receiving a safety notification, immediate steps are taken to verify it, including intervention or supervisory measures. Notifications submitted to the Office of Rail Transport allow for continuous improvement of railway traffic safety.
Marcin Trela appointed as Vice-President of the Office of Rail Transport
On 30 March 2021 Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, appointed Marcin Trela as Vice President of the Office of Rail Transport for rail market regulation. He commenced performing his duties on 1 April 2021.
Modern trains on postage stamps promoting ecological railways
"Modern rolling stock" is a set of 5 postage stamps issued by Poczta Polska on Wednesday, March 31. The set was created in cooperation with the Office of Rail Transport. This event coincides with the designation by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU of 2021 as the European Year of Rail. Issuing this new stamp series is an opportunity to promote railways as an ecological and modern mode of transport and to mark a beginning of EUYearofRail in Poland.
Intermodal transport in 2020 on rise despite Covid-19 pandemic
In 2020 intermodal transport’s share in rail freight exceeded 10%. Its share increased year-on-year by almost 29%. The Office of Rail Transport publishes an overview of intermodal transport for 2020.
First single safety certificate for Polish operator issued
On Thursday, March 25, the President of the Office of Rail Transport signed the first single safety certificate for a Polish rail operator. The document was issued in accordance with the new rules set in the 4th Railway Package. It was processed via the One-Stop Shop (OSS) - an IT tool developed and maintained by European Union Agency for Railways.
Charges on Polish rail network remain unchanged
The President of the Office of Rail Transport decided to discontinue the procedure of approval of the draft price list of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe for 2021/2022 train timetable. PKP PLK, the national infrastructure manager, withdrew its application. It means that the charges will remain at the same level as for the current timetable.
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