German-Polish accord heralds better cross-border services
EUROPE: DB Netz AG and Polish national infrastructure business PKP PLK have signed an agreement to improve nine cross-border routes that include Frankfurt (Oder) to Rzepin, the lines from Löcknitz and Tantow to Szczecin, Guben – Gubin and Görlitz – Zgorzelec. The accord covers arrangements for operations and path allocation as well as upgrading and modernisation of the various routes.
Renewal of bridges and installation of new signalling and train control equipment are priority areas, and the two parties have also agreed details for infrastructure maintenance and planning. The agreement was signed on the Deutsche Bahn stand at InnoTrans 2016 on September 20. DB Netz Board Member for Marketing and Timetabling Dr Thomas Schaffer said that the agreement ‘paves the way for ensuring the quality of rail services between Poland and Germany’.