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PKP S.A. Is an Active Participant in the Solidarity Lanes

PKP S.A. Is an Active Participant in the Solidarity Lanes
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22 / 02 / 2023

PKP S.A. CEO Krzysztof Mamiński participated in a conference organized as part of the Carpathian Europe initiative, held last week in Warsaw. The main topic of the event was the redefinition of logistics chains in light of the new TEN-T transport policy. During the conference, Krzysztof Mamiński, president of PKP S.A., summarized the activities of the Polish State Railways implemented as part of its assistance to Ukraine.

The conference Redefining logistics chains in light of the new TEN-T transport policy was attended by President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, European transport ministers, European Commission transport officials, European coordinators of TEN-T corridors passing through Poland, managers of European railroad infrastructure, European seaports, representatives of international financial institutions and officials of national public administrations, among others.

President Krzysztof Mamiński was a guest at a panel discussion dedicated to the European initiative of the Solidarity Lanes (Solidarity Corridors), during which he summarized the Polish State Railways' activities to date to help Ukraine.

"The cooperation between Polish and Ukrainian railroaders should be assessed as extremely intensive and effective. On the Polish-Ukrainian border, trade has increased a couple of times compared to the volumes transported before the war," said Chairman Krzysztof Mamiński.

The war in Ukraine has set completely new challenges for rail transportation. An increased influx of grain commodities was observed. The increase in freight exchange has also meant many challenges for both sides. Cooperation between Polish and Ukrainian railroads has also proved effective in terms of the humanitarian aid shown and in the context of the refugee crisis. The war also highlighted the need to revise routes in terms of changing freight groups, which builds an even greater sense of solidarity between European railroads.

"The PKP Group has made a huge human, organizational, rolling stock and financial effort to cope with the surging passenger and freight traffic streams at Polish-Ukrainian railroad border crossings, which are the border of the European Union," stressed Krzysztof Mamiński.

These crossings and the lines running through Poland are a key route on the export map of grain transported by land from Ukraine to European markets. Despite the high quality of the Solidarity Corridors and the prioritization of freight groups from Ukraine, Polish and Ukrainian railroads still face many challenges, such as bottlenecks and improving logistics processes.

The Polish State Railways, in solidarity with European railroads and organizations such as the International Union of Railways (UIC) and the Community of European Railways and Railway Infrastructure Managers (CER), are successfully meeting the obstacles posed by current realities. It would not have been possible had it not been for such a large-scale involvement of European railroaders in the construction of a sustainable and stable structure of railroad connections in the Ukrainian direction.

Source: PKP S.A.