Poland - General Information
State railway system
Polskie Koleje Panstwowe SA (PKP) is the controlling entity for the PKP Group.
National Railway Operator
PKP Intercity is responsible for long-distance passenger transport.
PolRegio, formerly Przewozy Regionalne, is responsible for local (Regio) and InterRegio services and also InterRegioBus. Since 1 December 2021 Polregio is a joint-stock company, [a business owned by its investors, with each investor owning a share based on the amount of stock purchased in order to finance endeavours too expensive for one shareholder or even a government to fund, with all owners to share in profits]. This was a change from a limited liability company is claimed to strengthen the company's position. Przewozy Regionalne was until 22 December 2008 a wholly owned subsidiary of the PKP Group when the shares were transferred to the 16 regional governments. This then changed from 21 September 2015 when the Government's Treasury’s industrial development and restructuring agency Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu acquired a 51% stake with the 16 Voivodships retaining 49%, the government intention being majority shareholder to improve management, and resolve different policies within the 16 regional authorities where some established their own local train operating companies or their own tenders for the provision of services.
numeric 51; alpha PL.
PKP Website access
From some time in November 2022, if using an IP address from certain countries such as the United Kingdom you were no longer able to access any part of the PKP website. To be able to do so you must change the location of your VPN, obviously to Poland will work but other countries such as in Germany were accepted.
- Beta Version. From your query answer this version can display a route map of any selected train [including any unusual booked route] by clicking on the right hand side box three vertical dots
- PKP Train radar
- PKP Informatyka Your Routeplanner. This website does not provide a link into the PKP ticket purchase system
- This website gives details of train formations and booked motive power for PKP IC, it is NOT a real time locomotive locator.
The complete Timetable for either the full year or roughly current quarterly period is available by selecting the required date option from Download zip 100 - P200.
This can be reduced to an individual Table by either Enter station name or Enter Timetable number or Line number. All will again give a period option, plus from a station search a list will be displayed, then click on the chevron to the right of the wished for Table number for a listing by period.
In all options it should be noted there are pre-announced complete timetable "adjustment" dates but in addition tables are re-issued on an almost weekly basis with no summary of what has changed... Up to and including 2021/22 "adjustments " were four times a year, but for 2022/23 there are three on 12 March, 11 June & 3 September 2023.
The last printed Timetable was for 2011/12 with no public access to on-line PDFs for 2012/13. Following on-line petitions these were made available from 2013/14 but the white/yellow, station arrival/departure sheets, showing train detail by scheduled platforms [Peron] were downloadable from 2012/13, very useful to establish alternative routes close to stations.
Additionally individual operators and PKP Inter City publish PDFs, as do PolRegio by Voivodeship [Region]. Links are
Intercity: PKP Intercity Rozkład jazdy but only by station.
International: which from 2018 are accessed by Country and not just one PDF file
Local Services: This first link leads to a large scale map of lines with the Regions superimposed on it PolRegio.. Once the requested Region is known, select the Region name from the drop down box for Links to Regional Timetables. Note the PolRegio link also contains useful information on discounted ticketing.
Other Operators: See Inni przewoźnicy pasażerscy (Other passenger operators) page, plus Sinfin railways of Poland, which supposedly links to all passenger, freight, operational Narrow Gauge, Metro and Trams in Poland. Any omitted should hopefully be included on EGTRE Other Railways.
None since period Dec 2011 - Dec 2012; see previous section. PDF's from 1851 to 2011/12 [with gaps] listed by individual Table numbers in each year were previously available at a private website using this link.
Additional Notes on reading the Timetable
Note the letters have been replaced by the more usual 1-7 indicating Monday to Sunday, and "F" & "G" are obsolete but are listed here to help interpret previous years printed TT's.
|(A)||Working days except Saturdays i.e. SSuX|
|(B)||daily except Saturdays, i.e. SX|
|(C)||Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, i.e. SSuO|
|(D)||Mondays to Fridays except holidays, i.e. SSuX|
|(E)||Mondays to Saturdays except holidays, i.e. SuX|
|(F)||runs when advertised or required|
|(G)||runs until further notice|
|z||against timings in column means Bus replacement autobusowa komunikacja zastępcza|
|"I" in the middle of the train column||the train passes through this station without stopping|
|"<" in the middle of the train column||the train does not pass through that station but instead takes a different route|
|▲ to the right of station name||request stop|
|§ to the left of every train time in a column||the service does not run all days of the week|
|Do||until or to|
|Od||from or since|
|do odwołania||until further notice|
|autobus szynowy||Railcar [i.e. a train]|
|Gł., Główny||main station|
|Oraz||As well as|
|po ogłoszeniu||[from] when advertised|
|p.odg. (posterunek odgałęzny)||junction|
|Przełącznik||Switch, as in alternative route|
|st.||station [stanica] i.e. do. st. Until station|
|Wąsk. (wąskotorowa)||narrow gauge|
|z, ze||from or after|
|Na odcinku ……. ruch pociagów zawieszony do odwołania||On the section…. no scheduled trains until further notice|
These are now part of General Notices on the PolRegio website. Select Region from drop down box and read through all the Notices it displays.
The recommended national journey planner for all bus or tram journeys is jakdojade.pl, it will even plot the route taken.
The Rozkład jazdy autobusów PKS website offers a number of options including:
- Ogólny rozkład jazdy autobusów PKS (Bus journey planner)
- Rozkład jazdy autobusów PKS według miast (Bus information by city)
- Rozkład jazdy komunikacji miejskiej według miast (Links to transport authority sites by city)
or the following from the ZTM Warsaw website which gives links to Operators in the majority of towns in Poland
- European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball.
- European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Poland) by M.G. Ball.
- Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011 by M. Stiasny and R. Stankiewicz. A 2022 edition is now available, soft cover in a reduced B5 size. Its ISBN is 978-83-63652-42-5 and published by Eurosprinter.
- Atlas Przewoźników Kolejowych Polski 2011 by Jacek Chiżyński.
- a countrywide but with zoom facility on-line map unfortunately without line numbers but shows current status, plus detail such as electrification and single/double track etc
- Open Railway map. Zoom into Poland and this contains Line numbers at a much more detailed level than the Mały Atlas
- Thorsten Büker's Map of Poland [Although this remains on-line, Mr Büker has advised they are not being updated so note for Poland it is dated 26 March 2018]
- EGTRE Maps and Plans - Poland
- Linked from the PKP Website http://mapa.plk-sa.pl/ so assumed to be official. It takes a short while to load.
- Detailed individual train journey maps can be obtained from the Beta Version of the PKP Journey Planner which will even include any unusual booked route. After a search click on the three vertical line option on the right hand side of the screen. Note if there are options for services in opposite directions it is highly likely to show the same path for both.
Additionally there is a real time "Train Radar" by Region selecting from a drop down box in the top right corner
For anyone interested in historical maps plus line closure dates, the bazakolejowa website in Polish is a good starting point.
Tickets for almost all Polish train operators can be purchased online at the operators’ website or via a ticketing website eg bilkom.pl website (only in Polish).
If the boarding station is not staffed or has no machines, you can buy a ticket on the train without extra charge if you report immediately to the conductor who can usually be located at the front of the train as an additional fee may be charged if they come round the train to find you! If the ticket office on the station you started your journey is open, you can also buy a ticket on the train, but an extra charge may be added depending on ticket type and the length of the journey.
PKP offers a number of network tickets which offer good value, although travellers need to take care differentiating between not only PKP Inter City and PolRegio services but even different types of regional service. The Polrail travel website provides useful introductory information in English and can assist with ticket purchases for throughout Europe. Terms and Conditions are constantly changing so this is not to be taken as definitive Information and prospective travellers should be aware that most regional operators accept only their own tickets so should check beforehand. This may be a good start point. Some regions accept PKP network tickets but none accept ordinary (non-network) PKP tickets.
• The following operators normally accept PKP network tickets: Arriva RP, ŁKA (except Sprinter services), KS, KW, KMŁ
• The following operators do not normally accept PKP network tickets: KM, SKM Warszawie, WKD, KD, SKM Trójmieście.
See Other Railways for details of these operators.
The Koleje Mazowieckie website (the area round Warsaw) gives details of useful network type tickets. However, care should be taken to distinguish between Koleje Mazowieckie (KM) and Szybka Kolej Miejska w Warszawie (SKM) services as they only accept each other's tickets on certain routes, for example between central Warsaw and Warsaw Chopin Airport. ZTM (Zarząd Transportu Miejskiego), the Warsaw Transport Authority, has a useful map showing the tariff zone boundaries in the metropolitan area indicating where KM, SKM Warszawie, WKD have some limited inter-availability, plus details of daily or weekly zonal tickets covering all but main line and PR services. Additionally KM tickets are accepted by WKD under some conditions; see honouring of tickets.
All main stations are equipped with machines offering an extensive range of tickets (including some network tickets), which accept credit and debit cards and may accept notes. However, small stations may have no ticket machines and even major ones only a few and not for all operators, Warszawa Centralna being the classic example where there are no SKM or KM machines. Ticket windows are the norm, sometimes with separate windows for PKP Inter City and Regional services. Queues can be long, especially at peak times, and ample time should be allowed to buy tickets if you have not purchased them online and are unable to use the ticket machines.
Especially involving the Warszawa area operators, tickets from machines will be issued without a day and time printed on them. Even the operators websites recognise this as a problem and advise if a composter cannot be located tickets should be validated by permanently writing on their back the date and time of the start of the journey in a 24-hour format, e.g. 7.11.2021 at 06:55.
Tickets other than for suburban journeys will indicate a specific train, but may be changed or refunded (before the train time) using the website you purchased them from (at least for PKP InterCity and bilkom.pl).
The PKP Group subsidiary Polskie Linie Kolejowe is responsible for maintenance of the infrastructure, timetabling and management of railway property.
In January 2020 the Infrastructure Ministry revealed plans to transfer responsibility for some closed lines to the provinces. Dolnośląskie will be the first to acquire such lines.
The main line network is Standard. In addition 394 km of a 1520mm gauge freight-only "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line) between Sławków near Katowice and Vladimir in Ukraine is in Poland and was formerly part of PKP and known as the "Steel and Sulphur Railway". The LHS has a separate website plus a Supporters Club lhs.pl with interactive maps and photographs. A suggested extension into the Czech Republic/Austria is mentioned from time to time with the increase in rail traffic from China etc but would be enormously expensive. Other broad gauge tracks cross into Poland from the Ukraine, Belarus and Kaliningrad, with from L'viv in the Ukraine via Medyka to Przemyśl Główny in use by Ukrainian Railways operated passenger services. See [EGTRE Poland Cross Border services] for further details.
A number of tramway systems are metre gauge including Bydgoszcz, Elbląg, Grudziądz, Łódź and Toruń.
Main line electrification is 3 kV dc. The WKD system in Warszawa (see Other Railways) was converted from 600 V to 3 kV dc on 27-28 May 2016.
Warsaw metro is 750 V dc third rail.
Tramways are 600 V dc.
Rule of the road
The timetable PDFs (see the 'Downloadable Timetable' section above) give detailed distances for each station. The "Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011” gives detailed distances for each station, junction and significant operating location.
Two websites have tables of distances by line number (not table number).
- In Semaforek enter the line number in the 'szukaj' box at the top right and click the search button.
- On the Atlaskolejowy select the line from the drop down list labelled 'Wykaz linii kolejowych w Polsce' .
The last PKP operated Narrow Gauge scheduled passenger trains ran in July 2001 but a 4km part of ex PKP line 317 from Pleszew PKP to Pleszew Miasto still ran SSuX [except school holidays] operated by private Company SKPL, [Stowarzyszenie Kolejowych Przewozów Lokalnych] until 7 December 2012. The branch is dual gauge interlaced track and Standard gauge freight traffic continued. SKPL then resumed a NG passenger service on 4 May 2015 but after they acquired standard gauge BzMot's from Slovakia, these took over the service from February 2017 until that summer (when they were required elsewhere) with NG trains resuming. The BzMot's had taken over again by June 2018 but the NG rails remained serviceable with summer Sunday afternoon narrow gauge services in August 2019 and July & August 2020. 2 Sunday only NG pairs were timetabled in 2022 from July 10th to August 28th and the website images used are NG diesel and coaches which had operated the line before the BzMot's.
The DB subsidiary Usedomer Bäderbahn opened a 1.5 km extension from Seebad Ahlbeck Grenze to Świnoujście Centrum in Poland on 20 September 2008. Built mainly on a reinstated formation, there are plans to extend back into Germany to Garz Airport. There will be no physical connection to the PKP network which is on the opposite side of the River Świna although a road tunnel is under construction.
See Gauge for details of the "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line).
Private operators have franchises to work a number of local passenger services over PKP lines:
Click here for a useful map showing the regions.
- KM Koleje Mazowieckie KM operates local services in Mazowieckie, the area round Warszawa.
- SKM Szybka Kolej Miejska w Warszawie operates local services in the Warsaw conurbation, including services to Warsaw Frederic Chopin airport.
- WKD Warszawska Kolej Dojazdowa operates self contained local services from Warszawa Śródmieście to Grodzisk Mazowiecki Radońska and Milanówek Grudów.
- SKM Szybka Kolej Miejska w Trójmieście (Three Cities) operates local services in the Gdansk/Gdynia conurbation, including regional services between Gdynia and Slupsk, as well as some trains to Tczew and Malbork.
- Arriva RP Arriva operates local services in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province and partly in the Pomorskie and Mazowieckie provinces, based around Bydgoszcz, Toruń and Grudziądz.
- ŁKA Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna operates local services and from 2020/21 to Ostrów Wielkopolski and Drzewica
- KD Koleje Dolnośląskie operates local services in Lower Silesia, the region around Wrocław.
- KMŁ Koleje Małopolskie operates local services in Małopolskie, the region around Krakow
- KS Koleje Śląskie operates local services in Silesia, the region around Katowice.
- KW Koleje Wielkopolskie operates local services in Wielkopolskie, the region around Poznań and during 2018 local services radiating from Poznań itself will be separated out into a Poznań Kolej Metropolitana franchise.
A number of ex PKP narrow gauge, ex Forestry Railways or Park railways offer tourist or charter services. The Polish Government publish a report each year and for 2019 released in January 2021 can be accessed here. This claimed 28 operated on 397.7km of track and carried 916,900 passengers. The map in this report is poor so the following website with links to websites etc accessed through an interactive map at Narrow Rail Poland may assist.
Some links to tourist lines are available on the Sinfin.net site.
Rail cycling is possible on a number of lines; see the IG Draisinenfahrten website. Click on 'International', followed by 'Draisinenlinks' to obtain website details under the heading 'Draisinenstrecken in Polen (PL)'.
Warszawa. An expanding Network with extensions of Line 2 west to Bemowo opening on 30 June 2022 and east to Bródno on 28 September 2022. A three-stop nearly 4km western extension to Karolin is at the design stage but not yet funded. See the Metro Warsaw website map.
Bydgoszcz, Częstochowa, Elbląg, Gdańsk, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Grudziądz, Katowice area [no longer including Gliwice as this part of the network closed on 31 August 2009], Kraków, Łódź, Olsztyn, Poznań, Szczecin, Toruń, Warszawa & Wrocław.
The UrbanRailNet site has basic diagrams for the systems plus links to the local operators.
Some links are available on the Sinfin.net site and also see Poland - Tram services over obscure routes for further details.
Some cities provide free travel to those of pensionable age, usually irrespective of citizenship. Those potentially eligible should check the operators' website to see if this applies and check the criteria; some cities offer free travel from age 65 but most from age 70. Normally all that is required is to show one's passport to the inspector as proof of age.
Wolsztyn Steam services
Their only working engine [Ol49-69] failed on 3 November 2022 and the highly recommended but UNOFFICIAL website advised on 24 November that it now requires a major overhaul so the "return of steam locomotives will most likely take place only in June 2023". This is predicted to be with Pt47-65 which is currently having boiler repairs as their third loco Ol49-59 is already under long term repair. As at December 2022 the services booked for steam were being covered by a hired PKP Cargo SM42 diesel.
Perhaps surprisingly the steam services are operated under a legally required tendering process through Koleje Wielkopolskie with the current contract being granted to the only bidder "Parowozownia Wolsztyn". This covers from the 2022 resumption date of 15 January 2022 to an unknown date but note the Saturday Poznan service was suspended from 19 March 2022 due to long term engineering work.
Any travellers should note it is usual for steam to cease during August and from late November until mid-January for staff holidays.
Steam had resumed on 15 May 2017 after a gap since 31 March 2014 under a three, then one year contract with PKP Cargo which ended on November 27 2021. The UNOFFICIAL website is updated daily including giving advance warning when there are no steam locomotives available due to scheduled maintenance plus timetable details of what should be worked by steam. The 2022 contract specified the same level of service as before, which is two pairs SSuX Wolsztyn - Leszno and two pairs SO Wolsztyn - Poznań but with the latter route unavailable for most of 2022 no steam worked at weekends. During midweek periods of engineering work steam has been known to change to Wolsztyn - Zbąszynek as it did from 16 March - 30 June and 1 - 26 October 2020 or Wolsztyn - Poznań from 9 - 20 November 2020.
The 2023 Steam Parade is provisionally scheduled for 19/20 August. This did not take place in May 2022 on account of track work in the Wolsztyn area, and was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
Note there are plans by the Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Wolsztyńskiej Parowozowni to operate a steam service from Wolsztyn 13.8km to Świętno [where there is a Museum in the old station] on the currently closed line 371 towards Konotop.
Recent and Future Changes
- line 35 Ostrołęka - Chorzele is now confirmed as scheduled to re-open on 11 June 2023. Note that the track beyond Chorzele to Wielbark and onwards to Szczytno is complete and was used since November 2019 to deliver materials to construction sites south from Chorzele, but this will not re-open to passengers at the same time as it crosses into a different vovoidship. However a February 2023 PKP PLK Press Notice advised renovation of Chorzele to Wielbark would be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2023 and this includes work on the platforms at Wielbark and Jesionowiec, but at least initially, with no funding agreement Chorzele - Wielbark - Szczytno will be available only for freight traffic. Additionally PKP IC have an aspiration to run services on this route in their 10-year PKP IC Public Service plan. Excursion operator Turkol included Ostrołęka to Olsztyn via Wielbark in the initial route of a planned Tour in February 2023 but it is now only going to Chorzele as continuing further north was refused!
- Not yet confirmed but there is a possibility that the newly built north to east 3.3km curve from the CMK at Włoszczowa Północ towards Kielce (tables 100/109) designated line 582 may open to passengers from the June 2023 timetable adjustment. For full background see Recent Changes.
- 604 The direct curve onto 604 from Warszawa to Góra Kalwaria was suggested as losing all services from the December 2022 TT change as KM would be introducing Flirt EMU’s and they can’t use the low platforms at Góra Kalwaria or the intermediate stop Czachówek Wschodni. The alternative was to be an EN57 shuttle to Góra Kalwaria from Czachówek Południowy reinstating use of the south to east curve but this did not happen.
- 135a Re-opening from Przeciszów onwards to Oświęcim is delayed to an unknown date.
Other pending re-openings are:-
- When relevant parts of lines to Kościerzyna from Gdynia and Gdańsk are closed for up to three years for doubling and electrification, Kartuzy - Gdańsk services will be diverted via a re-opened 14km freight line from podg Glincz via Stara Piła [line 229] to Gdansk Kokoszki [line 234], plus 1.5km of a previously lifted line to Gdańsk Kiełpinek, a station on line 248 from Gdańsk Wrszeszc to Gdańsk Port Lotnisky [Airport]. It is still unclear if these will be through services to at least Gdańsk Wrszeszc, as earlier responses to this question advised bus connections to/from Gdańsk still apply, assumed due to the electrification works on the line via Gdańsk Port Lotnisky. The target re-opening date via Stara Piła is now "the first half of 2023" and a January 2023 update also advised some trains will remain permanently running via Stara Piła after re-opening via Gdańsk Port Lotnisky. The first section of 440 closing for electrification is at the south end from Kościerzyna to Somonino from 2 May 2023 which does not need via Stara Piła to be open. Complete electrification of 440/442/443 is scheduled by 2027.
Linked into this, a September 2021 Press Article clearly stated the agreed electrification contract includes a new 3km line allowing trains from the Tri-City to Kościerzyna to run via Kartuzy without having to change direction. Perhaps surprisingly this isn’t a Kartuzy south “avoider” but a new loop to the east, to then turn south to approach the existing Kartuzy station from the north. Map here that also shows the lines connecting at Gdańsk Kiełpinek. A different article confirms this plan as it stated station Leszno Kartuskie will be relocated, so as that is on the currently closed line from Kartuzy to Sominino, on completion of the "loop" that line and station would also re-open. Completion by March 2024 is suggested.
- 285 Świdnica Kraszowice to Jedlina Zdrój on the Wałbrzych – Kłodzko line was planned to re-open in December 2022 but is delayed until at least mid 2023 and will then be known as line 266. It originally closed to passengers in May 1990
- a contract to re-open and re-electrify line 28, the 3 km branch from Weiliszew to Zegrze was signed in April 2020 for passenger services to commence in the fourth quarter of 2022 but the future operator SKM [Szybka Kolej Miejska w Warszawie] announced in October 2022 that services are not expected to resume until December 2023.
- Construction of the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Lanckorona avoiding curve is underway with the plan for services to commence using it from the start of the 2023/24 timetable. Completion will allow direct trains from Kraków to Bielsko Biała via Skawina and Wadowice.
- EU funding for electrification and reopening of line 182 from Tarnowskie Góry via Katowice [Pyrzowice] Airport to Zawiercie was granted in September 2018, but delays on Tendering meant a contract was only signed in October 2020 for construction from early 2021 for completion in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Later planned re-openings with work underway
- 421 When Torun Wschodni to Sierpc re-opened on 31 January 2022, the Voivoidship Press Release mentioned they were close to announcing a resumption between Aleksandrów Kujawski - Ciechocinek. By June 2022 this had changed to it would not resume until December 2023 at the earliest and this has passed with no update on any agreement with PKP PLK or obtaining appropriate funding.
- 317 Gryfów Śląski to Mirsk and 336 from Mirsk to Świeradów Zdrój [effectively one branch] were transferred from PKP to the Dolnośląski Voivodeship in late May 2020. Tenders to reconstruct have been issued separately for each part and the Voiviodship has made it clear that rail services will only commence when both are completed. Work to Mirsk is planned to be completed by 8 January 2023 and the winning Tenderer onwards to Świeradów Zdrój was announced in December 2022 with work to be completed 9 months after contract signing. The aim is for passenger services to commence in December 2023.
- Finance has been obtained to build a new 5km branch off the Rzeszów to Ocice line to serve Rzeszów-Jasionka airport with an estimated opening date of the end of 2023.
- 340 Jelenia Góra - Mysłakowice - Karpacz trackbed transferred from PKP to the Dolnośląski Voivodeship on 21 June 2021 and work for reinstatement of Jelenia Góra - Mysłakowice by the end of 2023 is underway. Onwards to Karpacz will be later as a tender for track clearance only was issued in December 2022.
- re-opening line 406 26km north from Szczecin Glowny to Police was included in a successful EU Funding application to upgrade all of the Szczecin suburban railway network, with EU conditions that work was to be completed by the end of 2023. For some time it has been known this deadline would not be met, allegedly due to sub-Contractor issues and a November 2022 Press article confirmed this and advised the latest estimate for re-opening is 2025, but that was subject to obtaining new EU funding.
- Olsztyn Gutkowo to Braniewo The refurbishment work to be able to resume passenger services after a poor track condition service suspension was tendered section by section, with work on the last part from Olsztyn Gutkowo – Dobre Miasto starting in October 2021 and estimated to take two years. No recent Press Announcements on progress.
- the TBM for the 7km Y-shaped underground tunnel from Łódź Fabryczna via new stations at Łódź Polesie and Łódź Śródmieście with links north and south to both Łódź Żabieniec and Łódź Kaliska started work in Summer 2020 for completion in 2023 and planned passenger use from December 2024. Additionally and still at the Study stage are plans for a second tunnel for use by fast trains which will again be from Łódź Fabryczna but direct with no stations to near Lublinek on the line towards Zduńska Wola/Wrocław.
The long discussed 58km new line from Podłęże [east of Krakow] to both Mszana Dolna towards Chabowka and Tymbark towards Nowy Sącz on line 104, and an associated upgrade of the entire line between Chabówka and Nowy Sącz is making slow progress. The new line construction is being financed by the State, and design works are underway, with PKP PLK hoping to announce tender procedures for the first two sections in the fourth quarter of 2023. However modernisation and electrification of Chabowka to Nowy Sącz is subject to receiving approval of an EU funding application. Despite this contractors are already lined up for work on two sections which is hoped to be completed by the end of 2024, subject to funding approval... Work will involve flyovers at the Podłęże end of around 2 km and a substantial re-alignment between Tymbark towards Nowy Sącz including approximately 6km of tunnels. Completion was estimated by 2026 but as work is not planned to commence until 2024 this sounds doubtful.
A study recommending 4 different routes for a new 140km railway from Ostrołęka direct to Łomża, then to Pisz - Orzysz - Giżycko has been completed recommending a cost-benefit analysis. There were Public Consultions in mid-2022 and the schemes website has maps of the four variants for completion of Ostrołęka to Łomża by 2027, and onwards via Pisz to Gizycko by 2032. Note the approved Kolej+ bid for Łapy via Śniadowo to Łomża is separate and this new scheme explains why refurbishing Ostrołęka - Śniadowo is not part of either...
Plans are advancing to combine both Warszawa Airports into a new one located to the west of the capital, [Centralny Port Komunikacyjny, https://www.cpk.pl], as approved by a 10 May 2018 Act of Parliament. This would be near Stanisławów north west of Grodzisk Mazowiecki, to be open by winter 2027/2028 along with up to 1,789km of new railways. The Airport station is intended to become the main rail transfer hub in the country, it is being assumed just one third of passengers will actually change to a plane, an equally large number will only change to another train, plus CPK east and west stations are proposed for workers at attracted cargo and office facilities. This CPK is still at the planning stage but contracts for design work of the new line from Warszawa to Łódź were signed on 23 November 2022, rail plans as at June 2022 involving numerous grade separated junctions are here and an article showing the proposed new high speed lines between Żyrardów and Sochaczew and the airport with a map is here.
In Warsaw, a new 12 km tramway line going south from the centre to Wilanów is to be completed by the end of 2023.
On 10 May 2021 a contract was let for a 5.5 km northward extension, by a new line, of the Torun tramway to Jar, with completion scheduled 31 May 2023.
To keep all kolej+ developments together, the current intention is entries will stay here until an actual opening date is announced...
A major current Government initiative is a Kolej+ program for upgraded, new or reinstated stations, plus connections to cities with a population of over 10,000 currently without a railway station. The budget was initially PLN 5.6 billion, excluding a compulsory 15% contribution from local government on any that proceed. Applications could also be for new stations or modernization of the existing network, [e.g. electrification or new passing loops], with any approved to be implemented by 2029 [revised end date]. 96 applications were made, 79 qualified on 27 November 2020 to the second stage where Voiviodships had until 24 November 2021 to submit a document confirming the security of financing for a minimum of 4 pairs of trains for 5 years.
47 of these passed that stage, with PKP PLK having until late February 2022 to analyse and rank them for the Ministry of Infrastructure to consider for final approval. Then on 1 April 2022 the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure advised that subject to Parliament approval, the kolej+ budget would be increased by an additional PLN 5.5 billion, followed on 20 April by the Prime Minister advising 34 of the 47 had been approved.
The approved list is here which was notable as it includes a number of brand new lines excluded previously from EGTRE listing as Press Comment was they would be too expensive to proceed!! Successful applicants originally had around two months to conclude an agreement with PKP PLK who were to confirm willingness to proceed but this proved impossible, officially firstly as "market conditions were changed by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine", and secondly by Local Authorities not meeting in August, so by September 2022 was the revised target. Finance issues then appeared as allegedly PKP PLK took a position that the entire risk of inflation increases were to be borne by local Governments. An agreement was reached in August 2022 increasing the Government's contribution to PLN 13.2 Billion, with Local Authorities 15% proportion increasing to around PLN 2 Billion so contract signings commenced. It was also suggested if any projects did not obtain confirmed local authority funding or PKP PLK consent that the next projects in line [first reserve is an upgrade of Żywiec to Sucha Beskidzka] could be invited to take its place, i.e. the funds would remain available. Those approved on 20 April 2022 [with updated remarks] with track implications are :-
- 284 Legnica – Złotoryja – Jerzmanice Zdrój [24km]
- 290 Zgorzelec – Bogatynia [30km]
- re-open Wrocław Świebodzki as part of improvements of services from Wrocław to Środa Śląska [- Legnica], Wołów [- Glogów] & Jaworzyna Śląska [6km]
- Construction of a new line connecting 131 Chorzew Siemkowice with 181 Wieluń [28km] PKP PLK and the Marshal’s Office of the Lodz Voivodeship signed a PLN 508 million contract according to 1 September 2022 Press Article for its construction including 5 new stations at Wieluń Berlinek, Ruda, Wierzchlas, Drobnice and Siemkowice.
- 24 Modernization of the existing 34km from Piotrków Trybunalski via Bełchatów to Zarzecze, with a brand new 7km line onwards to Bogumiłów, all to be electrified. Tenders for completion by 2028 are due to be returned by 27 January 2023.
- New electrified line construction from Szastarka [on 555] via Janów Lubelski to Biłgoraj [on 556] [65km], plus improved access to Kraśnik was a joint application. The Contract signed on 8 November 2022 is for two branches, 18 km from Szastarka to Janów Lubelski and a quoted 12 km from the currently remote from Kraśnik town centre station, through Kraśnik to Kraśnik Fabryczny, plus a design and technical study for construction and electrification of the 35 km onwards from Janów Lubelski to Biłgoraj.
- New electrified line construction from Lublin via Łęczna to Bogdanka [25km] Ditto re contract signing date and the new line initially utilises the Lublin Airport branch
- 551a Electrification of Lublin to Łuków Ditto re contract signing date
- 554/557 Re-instating the Zawada avoider [1.9km] is included in an upgrade to the [Lublin -] 66km Rejowiec - Zawada - Zamość line/service Ditto re contract signing date
- 558 Chełm - Włodawa [51km] Ditto re contract signing date and this project involves a 10km new alignment north of Okuninka Białe via Okuninka to a new station at Włodawa Miasto as the current Włodawa station is 4km from the town centre
- 275 Bieniów - Lubsko [18km]
- Revitalization of 108/110 Gorlice - Jasło including new direct curve towards Stróze
- Construction of a new line from Krakow to Myślenice [22km]
- 113 Re-opening of [Kraków -] Podłęże - Niepołomice [6km] Note this would be an all new line as the closed formation is now a road!
- New line construction from Kraków to Olkusz but as this is quoted as just 4km, a search on the PKP PLK website confirms this is actually only a Jaworzno Szczakowa avoider
- New line construction from Zegrze via Serock and Pułtusk to Przasnysz, [73km] connecting into the pending re-opening from Wieliszew - Zegrze. A contract between PKP PLK and the City and Municipality of Serock for design documentation was signed in October 2022.
- 34 Małkinia - Ostrów Mazowiecka [20km] A contract between PKP PLK and the Marshal's Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship for works implementation was signed in October 2022. Note this includes electrification.
- 55 Siedlce - Sokołów Podlaski [30km] Ditto
- 76 & 77 use of freight lines between Bąkowiec and Świerże Górne, then new construction of [24km] west to join the Radom - Warszawa line at Dobieszyn. Kozienice would be served by a new station on the existing freight line and not re-instatement of the stub branch to the old station. 321M PLN Contracts to construct and upgrade the existing line were signed in November 2022 with a tender for design documentation issued in December 2022.
- 177, 294 Racibórz – Babarów - Glubczyce - Racławice Śląskie [54km]
- 36 re-opening Śniadowo – Łapy & 49 Śniadowo - Łomża including electrification and re-instatement of the Śniadowo avoiding curve [77km]. Ostrołęka – Sniadowo is not included as there are separate plans to build a new direct line from Ostrołęka to Łomża and the 'kolej+' quoted km's match just Łomża - Łapy.
- 132 & part 189 Proposed Bytom - Zabrze via Ruda Chebzie [reverse] and Bytom - Ruda Chebzie - Katowice services with route diagram here. This will involve upgrade including electrification of part of freight line 189 from Ruda Chebzie via Ruda Orzegów to podg Kuźnica plus re-instatement of the 1993 lifted line 188 to near Bytom Bobrek. [11km]
- 141 an alternative connection between Gliwice & Katowice via Ruda Kochłowice so via freight lines 141, 164 and 651 [18km] This is being handled differently from all others in the Region as a Tender for both design and build was expected later in 2022.
- 142 Passenger service on the alternative route between Tychy and Katowice Ligota via Katowice Murcki [15km] Contract for a tender for the development of detailed design documentation was signed 5 December 2022, with the results expected in February 2023.
- 159 A service to Katowice to/from Jastrzębia-Zdroj [35km]. It is clear from maps as part of the initial study here that a number of route possibilities are under consideration, with south or east new branch alignments to Jastrzębia-Zdroj Centrum, then ranging from upgrading freight line 159 east to the triangular junction with the Żory – Chybie line east of Pawlowice Śląskie, or use a significant length of a previous Sand Railway plus new construction to Żory. All options then suggest a totally new alignment from north of Żory to various junction options west of Orzesze Jaśkowice which would avoid re-instating 159's previous flat crossing of line 169. A contract was signed on 9 November 2022 and again the results from a tender for the development of detailed design documentation is expected in February 2023.
- 162 re-open the freight line from [Dąbrowa Górnicza Ząbkowice -] p. Odg Dąbrowa Górnicza Huta Katowice - Dąbrowa Górnicza Strzemieszyce plus
- 164 reconstruct Dąbrowa Górnicza Strzemieszyce - Sosnowiec Zagórze - Dąbrowa Górnicza [10km] Contract for a tender for the development of detailed design documentation for 162/164 was signed 5 December 2022
- 198 Reconstruction of the dismantled Pyskowice – Pyskowice Miasto, [3km] partially on a new alignment Contract for a tender for the development of detailed design documentation for 162/164 was signed 5 December 2022
- Agreements with PKP PLK for implementation for all five were signed on 27 January 2023 with tender announcements for preparation of design documentation [except Kąkolewo - Gostyń which is design and build as an existing freight line] are planned to follow soon after.
- New line construction Turek – Konin [38km] [Note Wielkopolskie have already announced if construction costs are considered too high, they will withdraw...]
- 360 [Leszno -] Kąkolewo - Gostyń [22km]
- 368 Międzychód – Szamotuły [56km]
- 369 Śrem – Czempiń [21km]
- 390/236 Wągrowiec - Rogoźno - Czarnków [64km]
- 115 Electrification of Tomaszów Mazowiecki - Skarżysko Kamienna
- 551a Electrification of Łuków – Lublin
So by implication the following that made it through the Nov-21 Stage with track implications in the PKP PLK list were not approved:-
- 284 Jerzmanice-Zdrój to Lwówek Śląski was included with the Legnica – Złotoryja – Jerzmanice Zdrój Nov-21 application but ONLY the original application was considered under kolej+. So Jerzmanice-Zdrój to Lwówek Śląski would be for the Region to progress separately.
- 363 Skwierzyna – Międzychód
- 190 Skoczów - Bielsko-Biała
- 223 Czerwonka - Biskupiec - Mrągowo - Mikołajki – Orzysz [- Ełk]
The following proposals did not make the cut from the original 96 to the 47 for final approval:-
- 14 Żagań - Szprotawa [on the line to Głogów]
- 35 [Ostrołęka -] Chorzele - Wielbark - Szczytno
- 41 Ełk – Olecko – Gołdap
- 55 the Mazowieckie application for Siedlce - Sokołów Podlaski - Małkinia was revised in Jan-21 excluding Sokołów Podlaski – Małkinia
- 181 Oleśnica - Syców - Kępno was not part of the Dolnośląskie bid [see Other possible re-openings outside of Kolej+]
- 206 Żnin – Inowrocław plus
- Żnin – Bydgoszcz, so assume via the route of the long closed line to Szubin, then 390
- 212 Lipusz - Bytów with a direct service to the Tri-Cities
- 212 Bytów – Korzybie Withdrawn as the applicants could not even fund the initial study...
- line 228 [Gdynia] - Rumia - Gdynia Port Oksywie
- 246 Unisław Pomorski - Chełmno [formally withdrawn Sep-21 as the 15% contribution costs could not be afforded]
- all new railway connection from Bydgoszcz to Koronowo, then via ex line 241 to Tuchola [for Chojnice] Withdrawn as allegedly the allocated funds would not cover the costs of the Report required for a Stage 2 application...
- 358 Czerwieńsk - Krosno Odrzańskie - Gubin – DB border [see 2021/22 for actual re-opening progress]
- 364 Międzyrzecz – Wierzbno (- Międzychód)
- 368 after approval in Stage 1 the study was looking at either reinstating the old route or a new line to Wronki north of Szamotuły, but when moving to the next stage in Nov-21 it only mentioned instatement of the old line from Międzychód – Szamotuły
- new line via Poznań Ławica Airport and Tarnów Podgórne to Kaźmierz, linking in with 363 reopening onwards to Międzychód
- 410, 411, 422 (Szczecin) – Stargard Szczeciński - Pyrzyce - Myślibórz - Dębno – Kostrzyn Withdrawn as could not afford the 15% of Consultants estimated total re-opening costs
- 415 Gorzów Wlkp. – Myślibórz : Ditto
- line 429 [Szczecin] - Stobno Szczeciński - Dobra Szczecińska
- 431 Działdowo – Brodnica
- 937 Nowa Iwiczna - Jeziorna freight branch in south Warszawa [Mazowieckie in Jan-21 advised this was no longer being pursued]
Other possible re-openings outside of Kolej+
Dolnośląski Voivodeship is currently very pro-rail as evidenced by recent and pending re-openings and the following are planned to be open within 8 - 10 years. None of the following [except 310] were in the Stage 1 Kolej + approvals so it is assumed funding is being arranged by the Voivodeship:-
- 291 Wałbrzych Szczawienko − Boguszów Gorce Wschod
- 308/345 Jelenia Góra - Mysłakowice - Kamienna Góra Transferred from PKP to the Regional Authority 21 June 2021. It has been stated that just to Kowary is initially intended to be reopened to rail transport.
- 310 Kobierzyce– Piława Górna The trackbed is owned by the Voivoidship and trackwork at Kobierzyce to accommodate this re-opening was the reason given for the delay in reopening Wrocław via Kobierzyce to Swidnica. Additionally on 9 December 2022 the Region announced a tender for the southern end from Łagiewniki Dzierżoniowskie – Piława Górna to be completed by the end of May 2024.
- 318 Bielawa Zachodnia – Srebrna Góra. a tender for design documentation for the reconstruction of this extension beyond Dzierżoniów to Bielawa that reopened in 2019 was issued in Summer 2021 but bids exceeded the estimate. The trackbed is yet to be transferred from PKP to the Regional Authority
- 327 Ścinawka Średnia – Radków
The Region has also bought the following trackbeds with the aim of resuming passenger services at some point in the future :-
- 302 Strzegom - Roztoka - Marciszów [30km]
- 331 1.3km north from Roztoka but this is around 2km short of what is currently open for freight to a quarry at Borów from Jawor
- 372 Bojanowo - Góra Śląska
Another prospective trackbed purchase is 283 Jelenia Góra - Lwówek Śląski
Line 181 Oleśnica - Syców - Kępno was removed from the Dolnośląskie Kolej + bid as it was agreed a study for the way forward would be undertaken by PKP PLK and they issued a tender for design and modernization up to passenger standards including electrification with bids requested by February 7 2023. However this is some way off going ahead as the tender advising work would be co-financed from EU funds under the National Reconstruction Plan – but at present no applications are being approved due to a dispute between the EU and the Polish Government. Of note PLK also wish to include the short non-passenger curve 814 at Kępno in the scheme.
- Line 249. PKM are considering reopening the Gdansk Nowy Port branch to regular services, as opposed to the infrequent services already running for events at the Expo Stadium as per the entry in Obscure Services.
- 151: the Tychy Lodowisko service is planned to be extended and electrified via podg Piast and Nowy Bieruń to Oświęcim with 5 station re-openings to assist car plant workers with their commuting. Despite press articles in May 2020 saying funding was not available for construction, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. signed a PLN 10 million contract with the Silesian Voivodeship in July 2020 for documentation, to lead towards an application for EU funds from the 2021-2027 Budgets. Probably because plans were already underway this was not included in the Voivoidships kolej+ application but there has been no recent Press announcements on progress.
Kujawsko-Pomorskie have awarded a tender for pre-design documentation for re-instatement of 356 Gołańcz - Kcynia and onwards via the freight only line 281 to Nakło nad Notecią
- Potential new line from Dębica on the Kraków – Rszezów line to Jasło
- Potential new Sokołów Podlaski to Warszawa line via Węgrów and Mrozy
- Potential new Warszawa – Grjójec line. It is believed this is planned to use part of the closed NG line formation south west from Piasecno
- Despite both of the Zachodniopomorskie Kolej+ applications being withdrawn, on doing so the Voivoidship announced there were early plans to extend two services to the Baltic Coast, 407 beyond Kamień Pomorski to Dziwnówek, 418 from Darlowo 2.7km to Darłówek Zachodni along the disused military siding, and for a north to east curve at Kostrzyn to allow through Szczecin - Poznań services via Gorzów Wielkopolski.
The next 10 year PKP IC Public Service Contract to provide non-commercial services from December 2021 was funded, signed and agreed including an aspiration to vastly increase train miles from 120,000 trains in 2021 to more than 196,000 by 2030 and introduce IC services to many places currently without them. In addition to the already re-opened Brodnica to Sierpc, [planned to be re-routed via Kwidzyn, delayed from June 2022], a February 2022 update in response to a Parliamentary question revealed a list of services currently under consideration. Many are not just IC services where currently only local trains run but would involve line re-openings so this list is separated between the two categories.
Potential IC re-openings:
- [Dębica -] Padew to Tarnobrzeg
- [Bydgoszcz - Wierzchucin - Lipowa Tucholska -] Bąk - Kościerzyna [- Gdańsk Port Lotniczy -Gdańsk]
- Szczytno - Wielbark - Chorzele [- Ostrołęka -] Łomza/Łapy [Chorzele to Ostrołęka is a pending re-opening]
- Ełk -Olecko - Suwałki
- Kielce - Staszów - Tarnobrzeg
- [Grudziądz - Laskowice Pomorski -] Wierzchucin [- Chojnice - Szczecinek - Runowo Pomorski]
- Zduńska Wola - Barłogi
- Bogaczewo - Braniewo
- Czerwonka - Mrągowo -Ełk
Those with existing or pending re-instated local services are Krotoszyn via Leszno to Głogów, Kłodzko to Walbrzych, Kłodzko to Międzylesie, Tłuszcz to Ostrołęka, Nasielsk to Sierpc, Skoczów - Cieszyn, Żary to Węgliniec, Rzeszów to Jasło and Sławno to Darłowo.
A map accredited to the Ministry of Infrastructure and PKP PLK was supported by a public announcement in May 2020 by no less than the Polish Prime Ministers' Office advising of a project for 150 “new” stations to be added to the passenger network by 2025. The map included:-
- Line 36 with 11 stations between Łapy and Ostrołęka 88km
PKP PLK have issued an investment plan up to 2040 with works costed at PLN 250 billion with EU funds to play a huge role in its financing. The list is to be regard as preliminary and observers are already suggesting that full implementation is extremely unlikely. It includes many listed above which would be taken forward by Local Voivodeships and Kolej + but those only in the PKP PLK documents are:-
- Brand new lines from Jasło - Dębica, Przemyśl - Zagórz, Chorzew Siemkowice to Wieluń, Płock - Raciąż - Ciechanów - Ostrołęka, Modlin - Ostrołęka, Gdynia - Wiczlino - Bojano, extending line 73 to the centre of Busko Zdrój plus re-openings of
- 159 via Jastrzębie Zdrój from both Wodzisław and Żory
- 132 Bytom Bobrek – Pyskowice primarily for freight but a passenger service to be considered. The linked reinstatement of 198 Paczyna to Pyskowice Miasto, possibly on a new alignment is a Kolej+ application
- 230 Wejherowo - Góra Pomorska
There are plans for a circular service around Poznań via Poznań Franowo and the northern ring including a new east to south curve from Poznań Piątkowo to Poznań Strzeszyn on the Piła line (to be known as line 853). The first tender for refurbishment of the relevant lines and up to eight new/re-opened stations was cancelled in August 2022 as some of the supporting funding was no longer available and the replacement tender issued in January 2023 is again linked to obtaining replacement EU CEF "Connecting Europe Facility" funding before the scheme can go ahead.
The Local Councils around Sanok and Zagórz allocated 50,000 PLN in their 2021 Budget for subsidising a SKPL operated daily local service from Sanok via Zagórz to Łupków but needing additional financial support before it can commence. They have aspirations to expand this to services between Besko – Zagórz, Sanok Dąbrówka – Łupków and Sanok Dąbrówka – Ustrzyki Dolne [the latter where a summer only 2 day a week service commenced in 2021] but the Marshall's Office are of the opinion that bus services serve this remote community area better so this looks unlikely to proceed further.
- PKP PLK awarded contracts in January 2018 for (1) detail design planning for the complete renewal as a double track alignment of the line from Białystok to Ełk by 2023, (2) a feasibility study to upgrade Ełk to Suwałki and to the Lithuanian border, allegedly double track and electrified throughout. This would include reinstatement of the curves bypassing Olecko and Suwałki with relocation of the latter station; [but a December 2022 Press Article advised a design tender to restore the existing station had just been let...]; these curves eliminating two reversals. All work in Poland to be completed well before the delayed overall Completion through to Tallinn in 2030 as per an October 2021 Press Release.
- A March 2019 announcement advised plans are for four passenger trains per day from Tallinn to Warszawa with two extra per day between Vilnius, Kaunas and Warszawa, plus Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warszawa – Berlin and Vilnius – Kaunas – Warszawa – Berlin overnight trains.
- Linked with this, Ostrołęka - Łapy was refurbished for use by diversions when Czyżew - Białystok on the main line is closed for upgrading. Despite long periods of single line working on the main line this has allegedly not happened to any great degree, and not by passenger services.
- As part of the improvements in Poland there is to be a new line from Białystok connecting with the line to Elk to avoid the need for a reversal as the west to north curve south of Białystok is single track and steeply graded so obviously thought unsuitable for upgrade. Public consultations are underway on five possible routes ranging from a line just north of the city to from 14km north, all with triangular junctions at each end and to be used by passenger services. Railway Press article with map here.
Long term schemes
From June 2017 Ukrainian citizens no longer need a Visa to visit the EU, so daytime cross border services were introduced, then increased. There were suggestions others may reopen including Rawa-Russka, and even test trains on some long closed lines such as Zagorz - Kroscienko - Chirów and Przemysl - Nizankowice - [Chirów] using a SKPL BzMot or Engineering vehicles respectively. None have yet opened and latest details on these will be in the relevant EGTRE Cross Border section.
Tarnów - Dąbrowa Tarnowska (- Szczucin). Short Line operator SKPL, better known for running the Pleszew branch service approached the local Authorities in 2017 with an offer to reopen 24km to Dąbrowa Tarnowska with a subsidy, but with no agreement on funding this has not moved forward. The Dąbrowa Tarnowska Council are still keen but with a new bus service to Szczucin parallel to the line commencing in September 2020 it is not looking likely.
Improvements were planned to the 5.6 km freight branch serving Warsaw Modlin Airport to provide a passenger service. Originally planned to include a new 1.5 km underground section and station at the Terminal, it is was believed to have been revised to a ground level station close to the Airport, but again with no recent press updates.
Śląskie Region have commissioned a feasibility study for the expansion of local services in the Katowice area which if fully implemented would reopen 171 from Panewnik via Katowice Muchowiec to Sosnowiec Dańdówka, curve 654 and lines 161 and 145 on a service from Mysłowice via Chorzów Stary and Piekary Śląskie to Radzionków, a total of approximately 40km. The study is to be completed in 2023.
- 25 Tomaszów Mazowiecki - Opoczno - Skarżysko Kamienna: did not make the approved kolej+ list so how this would be financed is unclear considering in February 2018 Łódzkie Voivodship had awarded a contract to plan electrification of Tomaszów Mazowiecki – Opoczno.
- 440/426 A contract on the feasibility of doubling and electrifying the Bydgoszcz – Kościerzyna – Gdynia route for diverting freight traffic off the existing main line was awarded in February 2018 which was to investigate possible electrification of Wierzchucin – Tuchola – Chojnice, Czersk – Chojnice, and Lipowa Tucholska - Szlachta – Czersk – Bąk with new curves on and off 426 Chojnice - Tczew. It is assumed this was positive as in October 2020 a contract for preparation of design documentation by the third quarter of 2023 was granted for modernization from Nowa Wieś Wielka through Bydgoszcz to Gdynia, line 203 from Tczew to Czersk, line 215 from Szlachta via Czersk to Bąk and reconstruction of the currently closed line 744 from Lipowa Tucholska to Szlachta West plus two proposed new curves between line 203 and 201 from Łąg Południe - Czarna Woda and Szałamaje - Łąg. It would appear there are plans for at least the new east to south and reinstated line 744 to have a passenger service as the documentation proposes a new Szlachta Zachód station!
- 440/442/443 Gdańsk Wrszeszc - Gdańsk Port Lotnisky [Airport]/Gdynia to Kartuzy/Kościerzyna is scheduled by 2027.
- 510 Ełk to Giżycko for completion in 2024 alongside track renewal, Giżycko to Korsze by 2027
Freight line re-openings on behalf of the Polish Army
Included in EGTRE as lengthy lines and may have passenger service implications.
- work to re-open a 55km section of line 410 between Grotnik Drawskie and Drawno via Zlociniec on T385 is underway for completion in 2023 with a suggestion of onwards to Kalisz Pomorski on T365 by 2026. Neither includes work to passenger traffic standard but West Pomeranian Voivodeship have stated that if it did they would help with renovating onwards from Drawno to the junction with T360 at Choszczno…
- A contract to renovate 33km of 283 south from Żagań to where freight is currently processed at Osiecznica Kliczkow on the line from Zebrzydowa is signed with work scheduled to commence in 2024 for Completion in 2026. Then in December 2022 a press article stated with the work for the Army going ahead, the Dolnośląskie Voivodship would include a study into providing passengers services in the next version of their Transport Plan, noting if to serve Żagań that it would need co-operation with Lubuskie Voivodeship, as happened with the Leszno – Głogów re-opening.
- a press article suggested line 231 from Kruszwica to Mogilno may be re-instated but the Army latter advised at the earliest work is planned from 2025. Freight traffic currently uses from Inowrocław-Rąbinek to Kruszwica .
Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 11 December 2022
- 431a Laskowice Pomorskie to Wierzchucin suspended from 18 March 2020 ongoing sees use by two diverted pairs between 17 - 28 April 2023
- 128 daily trains commenced from Sanok to Ustrzyki Dolne from 1 March 2023
- 122 the through daily overnight service between Kyiv/L'viv in Ukraine and Wrocław/Warszawa was withdrawn at the 11 December 2022 timetable change
- 147 One pair of Warsaw - Katowice – Vienna resumed use of the Zebryzdowice – Petrovice u Karvine cross border line daily
- 303 Rokitki - Duninów - Chocianów : Re-opened on 11 December 2022. Previously in use to Duninów by freight traffic with the 4km trackbed onwards to Chocianów purchased by the Region in December 2020.
- 316 Chojnów – Rokitki: Also re-opened on 11 December 2022 and most 303/316 services are through to/from Legnica.
- 537 a daily IC was extended from Suwałki cross border to Mockava in Lithuania for a guaranteed Broad Gauge connection to/from Vilnius from 11 December 2022. But at the same time the through PKP PR standard gauge FSSuO Bialystok – Kaunas services were withdrawn
- part 541 Hajnówka – Siemianówka closed to passengers again on 10 December 2022
The new north to east 3.3km curve from the CMK at Włoszczowa Północ towards Kielce (tables 100/109) designated line 582 is available from 00:01 on 11 December 2022 but initially will be for freight only as the deadline for applications for passenger services in the 2022/23 timetable passed before its confirmed opening date was available. The Region who put up significant funding have advised they are considering diverting Kielce to Częstochowa services via this curve to reverse at Włoszczowa Północ, or extending the few T109 Kielce - Włoszczowa services to Włoszczowa Północ from the June 2023 timetable adjustment, and PKP IC advised of a long term aspiration for a Łódź to Rzeszów via Kielce service. During significant delays to this project PKP PLK 2021-2027 plans suggested a north to east curve off the CMK near Opoczno to connect with line 25 [Tomaszów Mazowiecki] - Opoczno - Skarżysko Kamienna but it is assumed that is not proceeding, especially with critical press comment that if PKP IC use the new curve for Warszawa - Kielce services it would potentially reduce those running via Radom and Skarżysko-Kamienna.
Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 12 December 2021
- 125 The extension from Mielec to Padew re-opened on 6 November 2022
- the reinstated through lines on the east side of the station building at Łódź Kaliska Peron 4 & 5 have been in use since the 6 November TT change
- 135a [Skawina -] Podbory Skawinskie to Zator and Przeciszów reopened on 1 October 2022
- 114 The Marshal's Office of the Łódź Voivodeship announced the weekend service from Tomaszów Mazowiecki to Spała would run all year once ŁKA received their ordered hybrid units, expected to be at the December 2022 timetable change. They were available early so the summer 2022 service simply continued.
- line 190 ex Table 147 [part] Goleszów - Cieszyn re-opened from 5 September 2022. Delayed from the December 2021 Timetable change due to landslips requiring embankment strengthening and cable works.
- 552 The Lublin - Lublin Airport service resumed with three pairs daily on 1 July 2022.
- 128 two SSuO PR pairs running 19km beyond Uherce to Ustrzyki Dolne from 25 June to 28 August 2022 no doubt taking advantage of the re-fettling to re-open through from Kroscienko for Ukrainian refugee trains. These are direct to/from Sanok and run early and late as the press release claimed they were deliberately avoiding the Uherce draisine operation...
- 358 A weekend only service between Zielona Góra via Czerwieńsk - Krosno Odrzańskie - Gubin – Guben DB commenced on 12 June 2022. This followed a with passengers 2 pairs trial service on 7 May 2022. The voivoidship announced in November 2022 it will run daily from December 2022 as they were satisfied with the around 300 passengers per day.
- 223 Wrocław to Świdnica via Sobótka re-opening was delayed from the December 2021 Timetable date until 12 June 2022, blaming additional work required at Kobierzyce preparing the station area for the planned kolej+ reopening of line 310 from there to Piława Górna.
- 150 Oświęcim - Czechowice-Dziedzice was reduced to one pair on Sundays from the 12 June which ended on 26 June 2022, then resumed from 6 November with one train southbound every FSuO plus 10/11 November, northbound only on 6/10/13/18/20/25/27 November, 2/4/9th December...
A engineering work diversion via the newly reinstated Bialystok avoiding line from Czeremcha line 32 [T543] to Białystok Starosielce on line 38 [T535] towards Elk was in use from 4 May - 11 June 2022. Travellers could see no sign of works for any new station where it crossed the Warszawa main line, as suggested in a January 2021 press article but a new curve from the Tczew line onto the avoider was seen to be under construction.
- 550/555 A brand new 0.986km avoiding curve to the west of Lublin connecting the Warszawa – Lublin and Lublin – Stalowa Wola lines known as line 588 opened on 27 May 2022. Press Article. This was never intended for passenger services but purely to divert freight services [previously needing to reverse] away from the Lublin station throat to increase station capacity.
- 135a Skawina to Podbory Skawińskie on the line towards Oświęcim re-opened on 12 March 2022
Services from Katowice to Tarnowskie Góry are bustituted for 2 years from 13 March 2022 due to engineering work, the TLK services are diverted via Gliwice and 165 to Lubliniec. This closure may have implications to the proposed re-opening from Tarnowskie Góry via Katowice Airport to Zawiercie allegedly due for completion in the fourth quarter of 2023...
- Line 156 ex 105 part Jaworzno Szczakowa - Bukowno An out of the blue re-opening from 13 March 2022 with funding from Malopolska Region for a through Olkusz - Kraków service.
- 424 Wierzchucin - Lipowa Tucholska - Szlachta resumed on 13 March 2022 after a lengthy Covid related suspension
With many thousand of Ukrainians fleeing the war wishing to enter Poland, special trains were arranged on the existing cross border passenger routes, or from first stations in Poland. Additionally from late February Ukrainian Railways Broad Gauge trains ran to Chelm, plus on the "Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa" (Broad-Gauge Steel Line) using LHS locomotives to reach Olkusz where the long withdrawn BG passenger service had terminated plus allegedly to Sławków just to the east of Katowice. PKP PLK also rapidly re-opened the SG line beyond Uherce to Kroscienko [not cross border] but unfortunately the first train on 3 March derailed with no injuries on its loaded return journey. Services could only run west from Uherce until further work completed when they were extended to commence from the staff platform at the joint road/rail border control 3.3km further east of Kroscienko station from 26 March 2022.
- 410 Torun Wschod – Sierpc re-opened on 31 January 2022 but bizarrely initially showing no service from 13 March until 1 April in the PDF nor JP. This gap did not take place in practice.
- 541 Hajnowka - Siemianówka was previously only summer weekends but a 2 pairs daily service commences from 2 January 2022. This did not last long as the complete service was withdrawn after running on 10 December 2022.
- 147/150 the realigned Czechowice-Dziedzice avoiding curve with repositioned bridge over the Vistula and re-located north junction as shown on OpenRailwayMap had trains listed via the curve from 20 December 2021. Even so no EIC’s are re-routed to the Zebradowice/Petrovice U Karvina border crossing for 2021/22. By August 2022 all services to/from the north and Czechowice-Dziedzice were diverted via the re-aligned avoiding curve and a reversal at the west end junction, map view showing this planned to continue until at least 10 December 2022.
The following lines opened at the Timetable change date:-
- 114 Opoczno to Skarżysko-Kamienna
- 166 Gliwice - Bytom [see Obscure Services for unusual route taken]
- 216 line 292 from Wroclaw Sołtysowice to Jelcz Miłoszyce as the Region at the last moment managed to obtain one Hybrid EMU to commence a reduced service earlier than planned. It is also used by two pairs of non-stop overnights. This follows the temporary opening of an 8km section to Wrocław Wojnow from 10 April 2017 to 8 December 2018
- 431 Sierpc - Brodnica
- 540 the realigned double track route east of Biała Podlaska on the Łuków - Terespol line replacing two separate single lines either side of a yard
126 Rzeszów - Ocice electric services commenced
Long term diversions for all of the timetable year commenced on:-
- 101/105 Dąbrowa Górnicza Ząbkowice via podg Dorota & line 171 to Sosnowiec Dandowka
- 215/220 two overnight pairs via the Opole by-pass
Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 13 December 2020
- 552 The Lublin - Lublin Airport service was "suspended" due to poor passenger loadings from 7 November 2021. It resumed on 1 July 2022.
- 125 Dębica – Mielec reopened on 1 September 2021. Onwards to Tarnobrzeg was tendered in three sections but only the first part from Mielec to Padew was within estimate, with work going ahead [see 2021/22 above].
- Warszawa Główną reopened on 13 March 2021. This Terminal station had closed on 23 May 1998 and some tracks became the site of exhibits of the National Railway Museum. The re-opening is linked to major engineering work reducing capacity through Warszawa Centralna, then Warszawa Zachodnia. Initially services used a flyover routing from Warszawa Zachodnia in both directions as the tracks to the north of the main line were not reinstated until later in the year and then only for empty stock workings so it is believed the ground level outbound route was first used by passenger services from 16 January 2022 when Perons 6 & 7 at Warszawa Zachodnia re-opened. For the record despite Warszawa Główną appearing in the 2019/20 Peron sheets with just one arrival SSuX at 07:43 from Sochaczew from 16 March 2020; this service was a bus!
- 429 Laskowice Pomorskie – Czersk trains services resumed to a limited level and SSuX from 18 January 2021
- 131 a Saturday outbound, Sunday return from Kraków Główny to Łupków between 26 June and 25 September ran from Sanok to Zagórz via Uherce, [reverse] thereby reopening part of the line towards Ukraine and running via two sides of the triangle north of Zagórz
- 300/601/606 There are numerous diversions from 17 March 2021 to/from Warszawa Wschodnia and Warszawa Rembertow via Warszawa Gdanska, line 509, Warsawa Golabki, line 19 to/from Piastów
- 537 international trains from Bialystok to Kaunas (LG) were planned to run daily from 1 January 2021 but did not due to covid
- 543 Lewki to Hajnówka was first used by passenger services on 1 January 2021. Old maps show a triangle at the Lewki end but only the curve to/from Białystok is reinstated.
- At Hajnówka, the previously lifted connection from the west side platforms towards Siemianówka has been reinstated. See the Hajnówka Obscure Services entry for further details.
- 113 local services resumed between Tomaszów Mazowiecki and Drzewica
- 356 One northbound Węgliniec - Żary service is booked all year to use line 389 from Jankowa Żagańska to Żary
- 416 In addition to the ongoing Covid related suspensions listed below, all services between Bydgoszcz and Chełmża were suspended from the new timetable until a limited SSuX service resumed on 18 January 2021
- 555 Electric services commenced between Lublin - Stalowa Wola Rozwadów on 13 December 2020 but this meant no services were booked via the north to west curve at Stalowa Wola Charzewice as the Rzeszów IC's reversed at Stalowa Wola Rozwadów or ran via the Przeworsk avoider. PKP have announced they will resume using this curve once the line via Ocice and Kolbuszowa is electrified, planned for December 2021.
- 614 The doubling between Otwock and Pilawa came into full use from 13 December 2020 with most but not all fast services resuming running via this route and reopening line 506 from Warszawa Wawer to podg Warsawa Antoninów. Later due to reduced platforms at Warszawa Wschodnia, all fast services via Otwock were diverted to the local lines through central Warszawa from 7 November 2021 with none via line 506.
Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 15 December 2019
The Kujawskie-Pomorskie Voivoidship transport contracts with Arriva and the local Polregio ended in December 2020 with renewals planned to last 15 years. Mainly due to the pandemic they opted to sign one-year contracts with both carriers with the main tender postponed for a year. In the meantime use of certain services plummeted from an already low base so the following were suspended:-
- part 410 Sierpc - Toruń Wschodni no service after 18 March, [except 27/28 April] with the local Marshall's Office announcing in November 2020 that it will remain suspended until December 2021, saying users were mostly students who were no longer travelling. It re-opened on 31 January 2022.
- 424 Wierzchucin - Lipowa Tucholska - Szlachta was suspended after 18 March until 6 June when it resumed with one pair SSuO. It then appears to have been completely suspended from an unknown date until a planned resumption on 13 March 2022
- 429 Laskowice Pomorskie – Szlachta - Czersk was suspended after 18 March until 1 June 2020 and completely suspended from an unknown date until 18 January 2021
- 431a Laskowice Pomorskie to Wierzchucin suspended from 18 March 2020 ongoing
A number of other Sparse Services including all cross border local services were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic from various dates in Spring 2020. The dates are taken from the all year PDFs as per November 2020.
- 203 the SSuO Nysa - Głuchołazy Miasto was suspended after 13 April until 30 August
- 235 the SSuO Nysa – Kamieniec Zabkowice was suspended after 11 April until 30 August
- 381 Słupsk - Ustka Uroczysko were withdrawn after 22 March but resumed on the 27 June
- 384 Sławno - Darłowo were withdrawn after 15 March, again resuming on 27 June
- 612 the new for 2019/20 Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina direct to Łódź Fabryczna IC’s were suspended from 18 March ongoing
- 146a Chybie - Żory has had no service since 8 May but are shown to restart with just one pair on 31 October
- 130 Stróże avoiding line only used in June FO and SuO.
- 370 Services to/from Świnoujście Port were suspended from 14 March 2020 due to ongoing work adapting the adjacent Ferry Terminal for larger ships. Resumed on 29 August 2021.
- 375 a joint PolREGIO and Lubuskie Province initiative ran a one pair summer Saturday passenger service from Zielona Góra to Lagów on the freight line from Toporów between 8 August and 12 September 2020. This was increased in 2021 to run SSuO from 26 June - 28 August 2021 with an additional two pairs from Zbąszynek
- 503 from [Olsztyn -] Gutkowo to Braniewo has been bustituted for some time, allegedly for refurbishment work but Tenders were issued by section. When some Tenders were withdrawn by PKP PLK as estimates where exceeded, with no date for resumption of train services the Marshall's Office stopped funding the replacement buses. These were withdrawn from 1 April 2020 with not even a line PDF in the June 2020 Timetable Adjustment. On 25 June 2020 a tender for renewal of a middle part from Dobre Miasto - Orneta [2020/21] was awarded, so as Orneta – Pieniężno [2022/23] had been awarded earlier and allegedly no work is required to reopen Pieniężno to Braniewo as trains could run at 50 kmh, once a Contractor was selected for Gutkowo to Dobre Miasto in December 2020 [work in 2021/22] this meant the whole line can eventually be re-opened.
- 555 the Lublin - Rzeszow services resumed running via the Stalowa Wola avoiding curve from 15 March 2020 when a new station named Stalowa Wola Charzewice opened on the curve
- Electrification between Węgliniec and Zgorzelec was completed in time for the December 2019 timetable change. Related to this some DB services were extended cross border to Zgorzelec [but note Görlitz to Zgorzelec is not electrified] and the one train using the Zgorzelec avoiding curve ceased
- 130 Muszyna to Plaveč in Slovakia service will run SSuO in winter for the first time in many years from 28 December 2019 to 23 February 2020. The 2020 summer dates were from 27 June to 6 September
- a 5.9km section of long closed line 341 between Dzierżoniów Ślaski and Bielawa Zachodnia reopened on 15 December 2019 as Table 234
- 267 Beyond Lubin Górniczy to Rudna Gwizdanów reopened on 15 December 2019
- 350 part Głogów to Leszno reopened on 15 December 2019
- 381 Słupsk to Ustka. An extension one stop beyond Ustka on the former route to Sławno and closer to the Baltic coast to Ustka Uroczysko opened on 15 December 2019. The branch also has a timetabled year round service for the first time in many years.
- long promised work on upgrading the tracks through Warszawa Centralna commenced resulting in diversion of the hourly Legionowo Piaski to Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina service via Warszawa Gdańska and Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 8 until 26 September 2020, and then again from 13 November 2020
- IC trains to Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina direct to/from Łódź Fabryczna commenced on 15 December 2019 that use previously freight only lines 510 to Warszawa Golabki and 19 to Piastow but were suspended later in the year due to Covid-19.
Changes during the Timetable Period commencing 9 December 2018
- 247 The cross border service from Sędlisław to Trutnov in the Czech Republic went from 4 pairs SSuO to 1 pair daily on 2 September 2019.
- 126/555 Lublin to Stalowa Wola Rozwadów reopened on 1 September 2019 after an electrification work closure although Electric services did not commence immediately. With the Lublin - Tarnobrzeg - Rzeszów services still diverted via Stalowa Wola Rozwadów this meant no services had run via curve 565 from Stalowa Wola Towarowy – Pilchów since 1 March 2018. Curve use resumed during 2019
- 130 a summer only weekends cross border service from Muszyna to Plaveč in Slovakia resumed from 29 June to 1 September 2019
- Ex part 541 a weekend service from Hajnówka and Siemianówka commenced, running between 28th June - 31st August.
- 550 the daytime Ukrainian operated Broad Gauge DMU pair from Kovel to Chełm was cut back to Dorohusk on 9 June and even that ended on 18 June 2019 [see Cross Borders]
- 267 Legnica to Lubin Górniczy reopened on 9 June 2019
- 554 The reinstated 1.5km Rejowiec avoiding curve reopened to passenger services on 9 June 2019.
- 540 the separate westbound track [km 173.7 - 177.2] on the north side of the now derelict yard at Biała Podlaska Rozrzadowa closed on 9 March 2019. Doubling on the south side is due to complete in August 2020
- 131 Gorlice branch has services again
- 146 a weekend only Gliwice – Wisla booked via Zabrze Makoszowy Kopalna West to south, Gieraltowice to Lesczczyny [Line 148]. To note this SSuO pair also travel via PSUL entries Żory – Chybie and the Chybie - Chybie Mnich curve.
- 160/220 Kędzierzyn-Koźle avoiding line came into passenger use
- 200a The overnight pair via the Zduńska Wola East to North curve no longer run but daytime use resumed later in the year
- 216 Wrocław Nadodrze to Wrocław Wojnow temporarily closed again. Reopening through to Jelcz is planned for later
- 355 no use scheduled for the Rzepin avoiding line
- 355/300 there are new Szczecin - Warszawa services via the small connection at the east end of Rzepin station
- 368 Pair booked to/from Szczecin-Gumience via Szczecin Wzgórze Hetmańskie and Szczecin Pomorzany according to the JP map
- 384 Sławno - Darłowo that had been seasonal has a limited all year round service
- 601 Żakowice Południowe – p.odg. Zieleń – Koluszki is back in passenger use
For details of older changes dating back to the year 2001 see Poland - Older General Information.
The funding of local services has transferred to Regional Authorities, most are now pro-Rail to the extent of paying for new stock and re-opening lines, but a few have reduced funding and service cuts occur when contracts are renegotiated.
The previously shown lengthy listing of lines which had at some point been flagged as note “G”, "trains run until further notice only" or listed in a September 2012 Consultants Report Commissioned by PKP recommending drastic service cuts has been moved to Poland - Older General Information. As passenger numbers have increased since then, closures nowadays are more likely to be related to Regions being unwilling to commit to large maintenance expenditure on low frequency lines so a realistic guide to those that may become threatened would be those listed in the linked Other sparse services section of EGTRE pages on Poland.