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According to the Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk, the Polish railway is developing dynamically, and owing to the investments which are being carried out, in 2030 it will be on a comparable level to that of railways in many countries of the old European Union. During the 14th Trako International Railway Fair, the minister explained that we can no longer speak about the collapse of the railways and both the present and the future of Polish railways are seen in a very positive light.
During the fair, the Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk presented the scope of railway investments and emphasised the purpose of the implemented changes. As the Minister said, the railway is an environmentally friendly means of transport, which is constantly being enriched with new components as part of a huge programme of the redevelopment of Polish railways. The investments being carried out are intended to help combat transport exclusion.
As part of the investment, work is being carried out in Polish ports (Szczecin-Świnoujście and Tricity) at a cost of over PLN 5bn. This is to improve the competitiveness and accessibility of the ports. Current investments carried out by PKP PLK, which by 2023 will amount to PLN 77bn, are aimed at modernising Polish trade routes, which in the future will translate into the development of the Polish economy. As Adamczyk added, as many as 650 railway stations have benefited from the modernisation programme in recent years, and rolling stock will also be modernised. According to the agreement with PKP Intercity, PLN 14bn has been allocated to the rolling stock policy.
According to the President of the Railway Transport Office, Ignacy Góra, both Polish and European railways can be considered safe. This can be evidenced by the reduced accident rate per million kilometres travelled, which in Poland was 2.08 in 2019 and 1.71 in 2020. As the President of PKP S.A., Krzysztof Mamiński, added, the last two years have shown that the railway is the safest and most innovative means of transport. The President of PKP S.A. counts on the fact that in the future railway will become the first choice means of transport for everyone.
The 14th International Railway Fair Trako, which has already finished, took place in Gdańsk and was attended by over 500 exhibitors from 25 countries, including Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. This meeting was one of the largest and most prestigious in the rail transport industry in Poland and Europe.