Polish railways lose battle with winter
January 22, 2014
Deputy PM and Infrastructure Minister Elżbieta Bienkowska
Tuesday was another day in Poland on which iced up railway tracks were causing gigantic delays of up to 300 minutes to over 80 services all over the country with hundreds of passengers stuck on trains for hours without proper information.
This extremely difficult situation concerns only 3% of all domestic train services and only some regions of the whole country, recently appointed deputy PM and infrastructure minister Elżbieta Bienkowska told a press conference on Tuesday.
However, she said, it is unacceptable that passengers are not properly informed about the train delays.
Bienkowska was under fire on Monday after she commented on the travel chaos in an interview for TVN24 broadcaster saying “Sorry, this is the kind of climate we have”.
On Tuesday PM Donald Tusk apologized for Bienkowska’s "unfortunate" choice of words.
Meanwhile, Poland could lose part of the EU funds allocated for railway infrastructure investments under the 2007-2013 budget pool because of the sluggishness of the railway transport authority UTK, the daily Puls Biznesu wrote. UTK may fail to issue decisions approving some of the investments co-financed from the EU subsidies on time, according to the paper.