New rail transport company: East West Railways
East West Railways: Railion and Polish PCC Rail set up new rail transport company in Poland
Improvements to cross-border transport connections
Berlin, Germany – Railion Deutschland AG and Polish PCC Rail SA (a subsidiary of Duisburg-based PCC SE) intend to set up a joint rail freight company under the name ‘East West Railways Sp. z o. o.’ The new company will be based in Wrocław, Poland. The implementation of the project is still subject to approval by the relevant bodies and to scrutiny by the anti-trust authorities. East West Railways will be provided with the required license and safety certificate for Poland, and will focus on national freight transport and cross-border operations to Germany. Chairman of Railion AG’s Board of Management Dr. Klaus Kremper comments: “As a further addition to our excellent cooperative relationship with the Polish national railroad PKP, the new company will offer flexible services that meet the highest standards of quality and tap new market potential. At the same time we hope that services can be secured for rail and even extended which otherwise might go over to other modes of transport. In parallel to this, Railion and PKP Cargo are currently pressing ahead with a number of projects aimed at boosting rail freight transport between Germany and Poland.”
It is planned that the company will start business operations in the second half of 2007. By the end of the year East West Railways will be supplied with around twenty class 232 diesel locomotives that have been specially adapted to the requirements of the Polish rail network.
PCC is an internationally operating group of companies under the leadership of Duisburg-based PCC SE. With more than 2,900 employees, PCC achieves sales of around 860 million euros annually in 17 different countries. This revenue is generated by the Group’s three business units Trading, Chemical Production and Logistics. The Polish logistics subsidiary PCC Rail SA today has a fleet of vehicles comprising 105 locomotives and around 3,600 freight cars.
With annual sales of some EUR 3.7 billion in 2005, 23,500 employees and serving 4,300 customer sidings in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark and Switzerland, Railion is Europe’s leading rail carrier. Railion operates 5,500 freight trains daily and as a result relieves Europe’s roads of the equivalent of around 100,000 truckloads every day. Railion is a member of DB Logistics, the Transportation and Logistics Division of Deutsche Bahn AG.