Poland improves information service at train stations

Zielona Gora railway station, source: PKP PLK

Polish rail infrastructure manager PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) will enhance passenger information systems at 133 train stations. The improvements will be implemented on two west-east lines: Rzepin – Poznań – Warsaw – Terespol and Zgorzelec – Wrocław. PKP PLK will allocate 181 million zlotys (around 43 million euros) with the financial support from EU funds.

133 train stations will receive new dynamic passenger information systems that include monitors, info kiosks with a timetable on platforms, new sound and monitoring solutions. This project will be performed by a consortium of three Spanish engineering companies: Aldesa Construcciones Polska (the consortium leader and Polish subsidiary of Spanish company Aldesa Construcciones), Aldesa Construcciones and Aeronacal de Construcciones e Instalaciones (ACISA).

The works will take place in six voivodeships of Poland: Lubusz (including Rzepin, Świebodzin stations), Greater Poland (including five stations in Poznań), Łódź (including Kutno, Łowicz), Masovian (including over five stations in Warsaw), Lublin (including Biała Podlaska, Terespol stations) and Lower Silesian (including Węgliniec, Bolesławiec, Legnica and three station in Wrocław).

Better service

Owing to the new passenger information system, the customers of Polish railway operators will receive clear, quickly updated information about train departures and arrivals. “We want a passenger to receive fast and reliable information about trains. The 181-million-zloty project will provide travellers with comprehensive data at 133 stations and stops,” said Ireneusz Merchel, CEO of PKP PLK.

In addition, the train stations will be equipped with video monitoring that will increase the level of security. It will allow the rail infrastructure manager to detect unusual situations such as running across tracks and react on them immediately. Earlier, such surveillance system has been installed at railway stations of Jelenia Góra and Zielona Góra (in Lower Silesian and Lubusz voivodeships respectively). Also, it is used on the Grodzisk Mazowiecki – Warszawa Włochy commuter line.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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