Polish State Railways to reduce routes

Polish State Railways (PKP) is to suspend services across 10 percent of its network in a bid to cut costs.

All in all, 2000 km of tracks, taking in 90 individual routes, will be put out of use in December this year.

A skeletal staff will continue to monitor the lines, so that parts of the infrastructure are not physically removed.

PKP believes it can save between 60 to 80 million zloty (14.3 -19.1 million euro) per year as a result of the cuts.

Nevertheless, some 500 railway workers are in danger of losing their jobs.

Jacek Przesluga, a former member of the PKP board, told Polish Radio that in theory, he is not against cuts on certain routes.

“There are some routes which have not been used by passenger or freight trains for a long time,” he noted.

However, he argued that such a decision should have been taken following consultation with local governments, residents and the business community.

“It may turn out that as a result of the closure of lines, companies whose operations were dependent the transportation of goods by train will have to find another mode of transport or go bankrupt,” he said.

The PKP Group is currently engaged in a far-reaching programme aimed at paying off debts to the level of 4.3 billion zloty (1 billion euro).

Polish State Railways

Source : TheNews.pl

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