SPANISH construction company Grupo Comsa announced on May 23 that its subsidiary PRKil had begun open access freight operations on the Polish national network. PRKil is currently moving construction materials in 24-wagon trains weighing 1200 tonnes, although it is expected that other traffic may be won in due course.

According to Comsa, a total of 77 operating licences have been granted for the Polish network since 2003, of which 27 are for passenger operations. Comsa Rail Transport became the first private company to be issued with a licence to operate freight trains on the Spanish national network in September 2005 (RG 12.05 p752), but it has yet to start operations pending enactment of the necessary legislation. n