Less mass cargo, more containers - freight groups in Q1 2020
In the first quarter of 2020 54.3 million tonnes of goods were transported by rail. This is a lower value than last year, however not all cargo groups noted a decrease. In comparison to the last quarter of 2019 freight of lower mass was transported. However, the mass of such groups as finished metal products, chemicals and chemical products, non-identifiable products, as well most of processed products has risen.
In some EU countries the 4th Railway Package has come into effect as of 16 June 2020
Croatia, Denmark and Latvia as well as Germany and Slovakia (which border Poland) have introduced the technical pillar of the 4th Railway Package on 16 June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic Poland as well as - among others - Czechia and Lithuania have decided to postpone the date of introduction until 31 October 2020.
Transfer results for May 2020
Transfer results for May 2020 have shown the return of passengers to using railway services. In comparison to April of 2020 the number of passengers rose by more than 60%. An even bigger increase was witnessed with regard to transfer service numbers - by 81%. In freight transfers both transfer and operational services rose in comparison to April.
International passenger trains back in service
Amendment to the Regulation by the Council of Ministers has allowed Polish railway carriers to resume - starting from 13 June 2020 - the operations of international connections among Schengen zone states. Operations of international trains crossing external European Union borders are still suspended.
Intermodal transport in Q1 2020
In Q1 of this year 5.4 million tonnes of goods were transported by intermodal mode. Such a high result has been noted for the first time. For years one could have observed a steady rise in the number of transported units. In Q1 2020 all parametres rose in comparison to the corresponding period of last year.
2019 annual report by the Railway Passenger Rights’ Ombudsman
263 applications to start a proceeding and 184 other applications were filed with the Railway Passenger Rights’ Ombudsman in 2019. 30% of the proceedings were the appeals against no-ticket penalties, 24% - requests for compensation for late or cancelled trains and 19% - requests for reimbursement for unused tickets. Those are the details from the annual report by Railway Passenger Rights’ Ombudsman for 2019.
Market pillar of the 4th Railway Package comes into effect
As of 12 May 2020 important changes to the Polish act on railway transport have come into effect. They adjust national rules to the market pillar of the 4th Railway Package. The technical pillar of the Package should come into effect on 16 June 2020. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic the European Commission has postponed this date by three months.
April 2020 transfer results
Restrictions introduced in order to contain COVID-19 have had noticible impact on transfer results with regard to railways. In April of 2020 a little over 6 million passengers chose to travel by rail - that's over 75% less then in April of last year. And with regard to rail freight services around 16.7 million tonnes of goods were transported in April.
Punctuality of trains in Q1 2020
In the first quarter of 2020 94.68% of passenger trains and 47.49% of freight trains reached their destinations on time. In both types of transfers a significant rise in punctuality was noted in comparison to last year. Such result was caused by - among others - the decrease in the number of passenger trains - consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Railway Sidings' Development Programme - an agreement between UTK and PKP
Mr. Ignacy Góra, Ph.D., the President of the Office of Rail Transport (Pol. Urząd Transportu Kolejowego, UTK) and the management of PKP S.A. have signed a cooperation agreement on the preparation of a "Railway Sidings' Development Programme". The signing was performed by way of exchange of documents.