Diesel railbus SA106 at Legnica Piekary station in March 2008
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At 04:18 this morning at Klodzko station, the departure of the train to Legnica marked the start of operations by Koleje Dolnoslaskie SA, a local railway operating company. The company, set up by the Governor of Dolnyslask province in December 2007, had less than twelve months to clear all the technical and administrative hurdles that threatened to frustrate its launch timetable.
As well as forming the local operating company, the Governor’s office is taking the initiative in sourcing funds to enable PKP’s infrastructure company, PKP PLK, to repair the railway lines: Wroclaw – Jelenia Gora; Jelenia Gora – Szklarska Porembia; Szklarska Poreba – Harrahov (Czech Republic) and Wrocław – Kobierzyce – Swidnica.
Initially KD plans to operate services over two PKP-owned lines: Klodzko – Miedzylesie and Klodzko – Walbrzych.
When asked by BTWT how the KD services would differ from those provided by PKP Przewozy Regionalne, Tomasz Strapagiel, the company chairman answered. We are a local company responsible to the office of the Governor’s Office. We will be more aware of and responsive to the needs of the local community. We are betting on our people. We intend to respect and listen to our clients.
Our congratulations to Marek Lapinski, the Governor of Dolnyslask Province, Tomasz Strapagiel, the chairman of KD, and all involved in achieving this historic milestone in the face of the major obstacles that appeared in their way.