PolRegio is to take over the service of passenger rail traffic in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship for the next several months. These will be the results of the decision of the provincial government to discontinue further talks with the private company Arriva. It is already known that as a result of this step, buses will appear on one of the lines instead of trains.
- Until recently, the Kuyavian-Pomeranian self-government was preparing a tender to select carriers who would serve rail connections in the region for a decade. A few weeks ago, he announced that he would commission this service for the next year in the form of entrustment.
- It turns out, however, that the entire pool will be won by only one “player”, ie the PolRegio company.
- The same with which representatives of the region’s authorities exchanged grievances and malice less than a year ago.
After the Monday (November 29) session of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodship sejmik, the press office of the local marshal’s office informed that the voivodeship self-government will allocate PLN 136 million. to finance passenger rail transport in 2022.
Private carrier too expensive
The real sensation, however, was caused by the statement of Marshal Piotr Całbecki, who informed the councilors that the entire service of regional traffic would be taken over by PolRegio from December 12.
The talks with the second carrier, which has so far been operating on non-electrified lines in the voivodeship (ie the private Arriva), which have been conducted for several weeks, about entrusting it with the operation of railway connections in the region will not be continued. As the representatives of the marshal’s office explain, Arriva’s offer was too expensive.
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Not enough trains
The thing is, however, that PolRegio does not have a diesel fleet to immediately take over the lines served by Arriva. The provincial government can support it with vehicles belonging to it, which (apart from their own) are currently used by Arriva, but this is still not enough.
PolRegio wants to rent such vehicles, but it takes time. The media reports that it would be possible only from April next year. So far, from the entry into force of the new timetable, buses will run instead of trains on the Bydgoszcz – Chełmża route.
Let us recall that the decision to start the procedure related to entrusting passenger rail connections in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship was made by the region’s management in October, when it turned out that it would not be possible to conduct a tender on time for the provision of this service in the period from December 2021 to December year 2030.
Such a turn of events was not a surprise, as many people had previously indicated that the deadlines adopted by the marshal’s officials are extremely optimistic and the carriers may not be able to prepare for the service if they are selected only in mid-autumn. And when the procedure itself was appealed to the National Appeal Chamber, it became obvious that some fall-back option would have to be implemented. This option was to be the annual transport order (for the period from December 12, 2021 to December 11, 2022) by entrustment.