The begining of the end for Interegio?

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48 trains stopped by PKP PLK!

Passengers aboard a Warsaw – Cracow InterREGIO train.
Photo Karol Trammer.

(Click on image to go to InterREGIO fan photo page on Facebook.)

48 of Przewozy Regionalne’s long-distance InterREGIO trains did not run today follow a decree by Polish State Railways infrastructure subsidiary, PKP PLK. The state owned track company is demanding the payment of outstanding track access charges by Przewozy Regionalne, which is owned by the 16 Polish provinces. The long-distance InterREGIO trains offer a cheap and cheerful rail alternative to long distances buses. They are very popular with many people such as students and pensioners who cannot afford the high charges levied by PKP InterCity. PKP IC, which gears its trains and prices to the needs of business travellers, seems to regard PR’s InterREGIO trains as competition and has long been lobbying for their abolition. Rail Minister, Julius Engelhardt has said that he has no plans to become involved at this stage of the dispute.

A list of the cancelled trains can be accessed by following the link below:

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2 Responses to “The begining of the end for Interegio?”

  1. John Ball Says:

    Surely, railways are meant to serve transportation needs of the people, and not to become yet another method of milking ordinary people to make profits for companies that price people’s needs up and out of reach.

    In Britain, you can’t get affordable fares for long distance travel unless you book way in advance and commit yourself to particular trains. I hope that Poland is not copying Britain.

  2. Trevor Butcher Says:

    Sadly, railways are not meant to serve the needs of anyone, just as Tesco is not meant primarily to address our need for food.

    I find it peculiar that we can spend large amounts of money at Tesco or for fuel at a petrol station, and yet quibble over a rail fare, is it because car, fuel and food companies are better able to respond to our needs? Is it because we feel safer or more secure at Tesco or at the petrol station or in our car? I have no idea.

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