Polish ATOC to be formed by PKP PLK!


Planning managers working for PKP PLK, Poland’s railway infrastructure company, are working on the idea of forming a Train Operators Council, which would assist the company in making its strategic decisions.

Although it is envisaged that the Council will only have an advisory and consultative role – and not take binding decisions – it could become an important interface between the train operators and the infrastructure company.

Zbigniew Szafranski, PKP PLK chairman, envisages that the new Council could help his company prioritize and shape investment projects, so that they are more customer focussed. According to him another role for the Council would be to work on the legal relationships between train operators and PKP PLK – the Council could work with the infrastructure manager to propose changes to Acts of Parliament or regulations signed off by the Minister.

BTWT applauds the idea wholeheartedly with the proviso that – for such a body to be effective – it should be independent and not the tame creature of PKP PLK.


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