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Krzysztof Dyl appointed UTK Chairman

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Krzysztof Dyl. Photo UTK.

Today the Urzad Transportu Kolejowego (UTK, Office of Railway Transport) announced* that Krzysztof Dyl has been appointed its chairman. Mr Dyl has been acting chairman of UTK since 5 January 2012, when his predecessor Krzysztof Jaroszynski was sacked on the orders of the Prime Minister.

Mr Jaroszynski was sacked for ‘soliciting for EU funds behind the back of the responsible minister’ which somehow does not seem a very credible explanation. For three months, no moves were made to appoint a permanent replacement and then, on 3 March, two passenger trains collided head on at speed near Szczekociny. As opposition politicians stormed that the UTK had been made toothless by political sackings of its senior inspectorate, the new transport Minister, Slawomir Nowak, announced that a competition would be held to choose Jaroszynski’s successor. Now, three months later the result has been announced.

Krzystof Dyl has an MA in electronics and telecommunications from the College of Technology and Agriculture (now University of Technology and Life Sciences) in Bydgoszcz. In 2000, he started work in the Ministry of Communications as principal specialist in the Department of Multimedia Policy and Regulation. He was one of the authors of ePolska, a programme for the development of the information society in Poland. He was also a member of a team working on a national strategy for the deployment of information and telecommunications technology.

He was then recruited by an independent government office working on the demonopolisation and regulation of the Polish telecommunications market. In the period 2001-2002 He worked for the Office of Telecommunications Regulation, and subsequently, in the years from 2002 to 2006, in the Office of Telecommunications and Postal Services Regulation.

From 2006 to 2011 he worked in the Urzad Komunikacji Elektronicznej (UTE, Office of Electronic Communication). For the first 3 months he was the acting Deputy Director of the Wholesale Market for Electronic Communication, and he was then appointed to the position of Deputy Chairman of UKE with responsibility for telecommunication and postal matters.

On 18 January 2011, he was appointed vice Chairman of UTK, by Cezary Grabarczyk, the former Minister of Transport.

Pursuant to paragraph 11 on page 12 of the Railway Transport Act of 28 March 2003 (Journal of Laws of 2007 No. 16, pos. 94, as subsequently amended.) the result of the recruitment is announced:

1) The name and address of the [government] office:

The Office of Railway Transport, ul. Chałubińskiego 4, 00-928 Warsaw;

2) the position for which the enrolment was held:

The Chairman of the Office of Railway Transport;

3) the name of the selected candidate and his place of residence within the meaning of the Civil Code:

Mr Krzysztof Dyl, Ząbki.

* The UTK announcement. Translation BTWT.

Regulator sets up n.g. portal!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The ‘World of Narrow gauge Railways’ according to UTK.

(Click on image to go to the UTK interactive map.)

With no effective umbrella body representing or promoting Poland’s tourist and heritage railways, it has fallen to Poland’s railway regulator, Urząd Transportu Kolejowego (Office of Railway Transport) to publish the first Polish language on-line atlas of operational narrow gauge lines.

Although we welcome this atlas, it does seem a somewhat bizarre thing for the UTK to publish. Have they not got more urgent priorities in the wake of the Szczekociny disaster?

Inevitably as always occurs with ‘first editions’, there are some omissions and inaccuracies. At first glance, two operational n.g. lines have been missed out, and one no-longer-operational line has been included.

We invite readers to submit their own corrections to BTWT. We will consolidate the corrections into one document and forward it to the UTK.

For readers planning their own visit to Poland we also recommend accessing Ed Beale’s own Narrow Gauge Railways in Poland portal for up to date information regarding operations in 2012. For information about the history of the lines Andrew Goodwin’s Polish Narrow Gauge Railways – though now somewhat dated – remains an invaluable resource.

(With a hat tip to Prezes for the link.)


Nowak moves to plug gaps in Rail Reg. Office

Monday, 12 March 2012

Ex Minister’s appeal to National Audit Office

In the wake of last week’s catastrophic accident at Szczekociny, former Transport Minister, Jerzy Polaczyk, has requested that the Urzad Transport Kolejowy (Office of the Railway Transport Regulator) be investigated by the Najwysza Izba Kontroli (National Audit Office).

In his submission Polaczyk has pointed out that in 2010, a person without any railway or practical experience was appointed to the  Chair of UTK in direct contravention of the requirements stipulated in the relevant railway transport Act.

Subsequently writes Nowak, that person was fired, but not before she had dismissed all 7 of the UTK’s regional directors. People with no railway experience whatsoever were brought in on short-term (and expensive!) contracts and experienced staff started to leave.

The result was a management vacuum which led compromised UTK’s ability to oversee the effectiveness of the safety regime on the railway, at a time when railway companies were slimming down their own safety officers and cutting back on training.

Infrastructure Minister Slawomir Nowak has responded quickly to the possibility of a NIK inspection. On Monday, Marek Slowikowski was appointed to the position of Director General of UTK, a post he had been occupying in an acting capacity for several months.

On Friday, UTK announced that it is calling for candidates to apply for the post of Chair of UTK – a position that has been vacant since January this year. BTWT readers who feel they have the necessary qualifications may download the job description and application procedures from the UTK’s website here.