Inter City blues


11-coach Lodz Fabryczna – Warszawa Zachodnia train at Warszawa Centralna on 10 October 2011.
Photo BTWT.

With just 6 months to go before the start of the Euro 2012 final tournament on 8 June it has just dawned on PKP IC bosses that, with hundreds of their coaches laid up in sidings awaiting maintenance, there just might not be enough coaches to go round to carry the extra passengers. A meeting has been set up between PKP IC and DB for 9 November at which the question of leasing German railway coaches will be discussed. Apparently such an option might be cheaper than IC repairing its own coaches.

Meanwhile, mindful of the chaos that took place on Poland’s railways last winter Slawomir Nowak, Poland’s new transport minister, has moved decreed that – from 19 to 28 December – seat reservation will be compulsory on four of PKP IC’s long distance trains: TLK trains: Kossak (Przemysl – Szczecin), Gałczynski (Lublin – Szczecin), Pobrzeze (Krakow-Kołobrzeg) and Monciak – Krupowki (Zakopane – Gdynia).

Extra coaches will be made available, should the reservation system indicate that there may be may not be enough capacity on these trains. Since PKP IC has not been allocated any money to actually put more coaches back into service, Nowak has ordered PKP IC to draw up a list of its 10 least popular trains. If extra coaches are needed, one or more trains on Nowak’s list will not run and their coaches will be used to strengthen the formation of the busier services.



5 Responses to “Inter City blues”

  1. John Says:

    Surely it is madness to give money to Germany (for rolling stock hire) when PKP IC is already employing its own maintenance staff, and could health stimulate the economy by employing local contractors to help with PKP IC’s maintenance backlog. Perhaps they have left it too late to complete the required repairs in time.

  2. Podroznik Says:

    But the article also points out that the Germans are experiencing a shortage of carriages and may not be able to help.

    What a circus this would be then …

  3. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    You really couldn’t make this up!!! What a way to run a railway! PKP IC really are scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to management expertise!

  4. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    Or lack of it in any way, shape or form!

  5. Michael Says:

    Those TLK trains listed should be permanently reservation-only – the utter chaos seen on them shows why.

    Might also cut down on the amount of complaints from those who choose to travel 12+ hours with children without paying for a proper sleeping berth.

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