or I’ll smash my trainset!
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PKP Intercity have told the Ministry of Infrastructure that if they do not receive an additional 60m PLN subsidy (12.2m GBP), 40 pospieszny trains will be axed.
The Pospieszny train business were acquired by PKP IC when PKP Przewozy Regionalne was split into two. The local train business was transferred to a consortium of provincial governments. The long-distance trains were handed over to PKP IC. InterCity says that it is making thumping loss and must have a subsidy to keep the trains running.
However, there’s more to PKP IC’s temper tantrum than meets the eye. PKP PR recently launched its InterRegio long distance trains. Together with the new trains is a whole range of attractive new promotions. Perhaps PKP IC hopes that this encroachment on territory it regards as its own could be stopped? InterCity would be much happier if it had the whole of Poland’s long-distance passenger train business just to itself.