SKM refutes allegations of chaos on the PKM line. “We drive what we got from the marshal”

– We provide transport by trains that we received from the office. We have repeatedly reported that there are too few of them, and next year, when some of them will have to undergo mandatory and several-month-long technical inspections, they may not be available at all – the representatives of PKP Szybka Kolej Miejska explain the last chaos on the PKM line.

After voices from irritated passengers complaining since the beginning of September about too short and overloaded trains and Thursday’s reprimand from the voivodship marshal, who announced that from December, passengers will be carried by trains of only one, and not two, carriers, The representatives of the carrier operating this line took the floor, so Urban Rapid Railway.

As he explains Tomasz Złotośspokesman for the PKP company SKMthe reason for the recent problems on the PKM line was the insufficient number of vehicles that the company received under the lease from the Marshal’s Office.

– The Marshal’s Office leases 10 rail buses to PKP SKM. 9 vehicles are needed for the implementation of the current timetable, so assuming that all of them are operational and no service is required, one vehicle lent by UMWP remains in reserve. PKP SKM has repeatedly signaled to the organizer that the number of these vehicles is too small to efficiently handle the ever-growing flow of passengers on PKM lines – explains Złotoś.

Two trains in reserve. But…

In order to be able to perform the transport contract, SKM has been leasing an additional railbus from Koleje Dolnośląskie for two years. The additional train means that not one, but two trains remain in reserve.

– However, there are days when more than two vehicles are under repair or undergoing mandatory inspection. This is exactly what happened in the first days of September. From September 8, the company has 9 vehicles at its disposal and the timetable is carried out in accordance with the order of the transport organizer – says the spokesman for SKM.

Is this the end of SKM on PKM tracks?

After the recent problems on the PKM line, the voivodship marshal Mieczysław Struk informed that from December passengers on this line will be carried by trains of one, and not two – as is currently the case – carriers (in addition to SKM, part of the transport was commissioned to Polregio).

Can the marshal’s decision mean the end of SKM trains on the PKM line? Unofficially, such voices come both from the corridors in the Marshal’s Office and from the carrier itself.


SKM wants to buy 10 new trains.  Will he make it in time?
SKM wants to buy 10 new trains. Will he make it in time?

Officially, representatives of SKM emphasize that the decision to announce a tender for five-year transport on PKM lines is overdue.

– We are pleased with the announcement of the Voivodship Board about the announcement of a tender for transport on PKM lines, but in our company’s opinion it is a decision delayed by several months. The organizer did not leave potential bidders enough time to prepare for this tender – adds Złotoś.
Let us remind you that officials with the carrier have been in dispute for years. For several years, the Marshal has been unsuccessfully trying to regain the independence of the railway company, in which local governments currently have a minority share. The office would like to have more control over SKM.

Trains need maintenance

Railwaymen point out that next year the problem may worsen, because the existing rail buses must be inspected.

– Next year, all 10 vehicles leased by PKP SKM from the Marshal’s Office must undergo level 4 (P4) inspections. Such an inspection requires each vehicle to be out of service for approximately three months. It should also be taken into account that suppliers of certain components (e.g. braking systems) require information about the work order at least four months in advance. The company PKP SKM informed the transport organizer about it a few months ago. It also submitted a proposal of a schedule for carrying out these repairs, which would be extended in time, thanks to which no more than 2-3 vehicles would be excluded from use at one time. The company has not received an answer to the letter on this matter sent to the Marshal’s Office on June 8 – it is finishing Złotoś.

Full text of the statement of the company PKP SKM w Trójmieście:

The return of students to school and the related increase in passenger traffic did not surprise our company in any way. It is true that carriers are expected to provide rolling stock adapted to the number of passengers. However, it should be remembered that the PKP SKM company in the Tri-City carries out transport on the PKM lines, using the rolling stock provided by the transport organizer, i.e. the Pomeranian Voivodeship Self-government.

The Marshal’s Office leases 10 rail buses to PKP SKM. 9 vehicles are needed for the implementation of the current timetable, so assuming that all of them are operational and no service is required, one vehicle lent by UMWP remains in reserve. PKP SKM has repeatedly signaled to the organizer that the number of these vehicles is too small to efficiently handle the ever-growing flow of passengers on the PKM lines.

Due to the lack of rolling stock support from the Marshal’s Office, PKP SKM has been leasing one rail bus from Koleje Dolnośląskie for two years. So theoretically, two vehicles are in reserve, but there are days when more than two vehicles are under repair or undergo mandatory inspections.

This is exactly what happened in the first days of September. From September 8, the company has 9 vehicles at its disposal and the timetable is carried out in accordance with the order of the transport organizer.

Some media also indicated the best optimization of timetables for the busiest morning trains on PKM lines. Releasing morning trains from Kościerzyna (launched by PKP SKM), which come to Gdańsk already filled with passengers from Kashubia, a few minutes before the POLREGIO trains going from Gdynia, according to journalists, contributes to the excessive overloading of Kościerzyna trains. Possible correction of this state of affairs is the responsibility of the Self-Government of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, which orders the transport and decides on the timetable of railway carriers in Pomerania.

We are pleased with the announcement of the Voivodship Board about the announcement of a tender for transport on the PKM lines, but in our company’s opinion it is a decision delayed by several months. The organizer did not give potential bidders enough time to prepare for this tender.

By the way, it is worth mentioning possible problems with the rolling stock serving the PKM lines. Next year, all 10 vehicles leased by PKP SKM from the Marshal’s Office must undergo level 4 (P4) inspections. Such an inspection requires each vehicle to be out of service for approximately three months.

It should also be taken into account that suppliers of certain components (e.g. braking systems) require information about the work order at least four months in advance. The company PKP SKM informed the transport organizer about it a few months ago. It also submitted a proposal of a schedule for carrying out these repairs, which would be extended in time, thanks to which no more than 2-3 vehicles would be excluded from use at one time.

The company has not received an answer to the letter on this matter sent to the Marshal’s Office on June 8th.

Tomasz Złotośpress spokesman for the PKP SKM company

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