Poles return to railway transport: National Rail chairman

Krzysztof Mamiński, chairman of the Polish National Rail (PKP), said that Poles increasingly start to choose railway over other means of transportation.

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Mr Mamiński was interviewed by the “Rzeczpospolita” daily. He indicated that the deficit of PKP reached PLN 100 mln (EUR 23 mln) in 2015. However, in 2018 the company noted PLN 470 mln (EUR 110 mln) of profit.

Krzysztof Mamiński said that the improvement of Polish Rail was appreciated by Poles who “return to railway transport despite investments [in rail infrastructure - ed] still being conducted on an unprecedented scale.”

He emphasised that despite difficulties caused by those investments, “PKP offers an increasingly better quality of service.” He said that in the first quarter of 2019, “the number of passengers increased by 70 percent compared to the same period in 2015.”

Among continuing challenges for PKP, Mr Mamiński indicated delays of railway constructions, overcrowded trains, and a lack of sufficient high-speed Pendolino trains that at times need to be substituted by lower-speed alternatives.