Polish Rail through the eye of TVN – III

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Picture 5

Still from TVN’s Polskie koleje cz. 3.

(Click to view.)

Tomasz Moraczewski, Chairman PKP Przewozy Regionalne:

We are trying to persuade PKP to improve the standard of stations. Simple things are missing:

– ramps for disabled passengers
– signeage
– safety

Unfortunately these are the factors that make people choose road transport.

Caption:

75% in a bad state
40 km/h

Gregorz Kielbasinski, car commuter, somewhere in a Warsaw traffic jam:

There were times when driving 30 km took us 2 hours. My wife and I have lost faith in Koleje Mazowieckie. We were never sure whether the train would arrive on time. Sometimes the train never came. There was no announcement. Or whether we would be able to sit in the train, because the train would only have one unit.

Stanislaw Biega, Sustainable Transport Centre, on the platform of Warszawa Jeziorki Station:

Unfortunately the railway is not really a player in the urban transport market. I’d like to remind you that in France 90% of railway journeys take place around Paris and other large conurbations. That’s the basic market for rail passenger transport.

TVN:

How much do your car journeys from outside Warsaw cost you?

Gregorz Kielbasinski:

About 350, 300 zloty.

TVN:

And your train ticket?

Gregorz Kielbasinski:

About 80 zloty.

TVN:

I can’t understand why you switched to your car, if it’s less comfortable and you have to pay more.

Gregorz Kielbasinski:

I was late dozens of times because of the train. My boss wasn’t very impressed. One can’t continually turn up late at work. It’s not pleasant.

Wladyslaw Pietrzak, retired railwayman, on the platform at Nowe Skalmierzyce Station:

Everything was neat and tidy and in its place. And the train, even though it was was pulled by a steam engine, did shift along at 100km/hr.

TVN:

What was the pride of the railway?

Wladyslaw Pietrzak:

What was the pride of the railway? The punctual management of trains. punctuality. If I didn’t have a good reason for being late I was punished.  My wages were docked.

TVN:

Did the job of a railwayman carry social status?

Wladyslaw Pietrzak:

Yes. The people alongside who I took my first steps were drivers and railway men who had started their careers before WWI. They were gentlemen.

TVN:

What did they teach you?

Wladyslaw Pietrzak

They taught me to respect people and work.

TVN:

Does anything survive from those days? When you look today at this station… Sometimes you travel by train…

Wladyslaw Pietrzak:

Sadness. It hurts to look. When you see destruction. the break up of everything that we built up with such hard work, it really hurts.

(With thanks to J.D. for the link.)

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