Modernisation of rail infrastructure in Poland, source: Trakcja PRKiI

Role of Poland on European railway network can’t be missed

The importance of Poland has once again been confirmed. A representative of the Polish infrastructure manager, PKP PLK, has been appointed as the manager of the Trans-European Railway project. This UNECE-led project is a sub-regional cooperation among Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European countries. Poland is at the crossroads of all.

The selected manager is the female Małgorzata Kopczyńska. She was elected unanimously beginning this month by the committee of the Trans-European Railway (TER) project. The Polish infrastructure manager PKP PLK is considered an important party for regional development, as the Polish railway network is facing several upgrades. These upgrades are not only to benefit Poland, but the region at large.

TER project

The TER project was established in 1990 to improve the quality of rail transport in the Central European region. One of the aims is to identify so-called bottlenecks and missing connections in the European transport network. Among other things, an analysis of transport volumes and technical parameters of the lines is being carried out.

Initial financial support was provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The executing agency of the project is UNECE. There are 17 member countries: Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Turkey.

The role of Poland

The role of Poland in this region cannot be missed. Poland plays an important role as a transit country for traffic between the Baltic, Black and Mediterranean Sea (north-south) as well as traffic on the New Silk Road (east-west).

In response to the appointment, the Polish ministry of infrastructure said that participation in the TER project means a real opportunity to secure Polish interests during the formation of international agreements and the establishment of transport routes.

The role of Poland in the region is also the main reason why we strike down every year in Poland with the RailFreight Summit. This year, this event takes place in Lodz, on 1 & September. The infrastructural developments in Poland, but also on the network surrounding Poland, including the New Silk Road, are topics on the programme. Registration for this event is still open.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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