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Polish Industry Calls For ’Full And Complete’ Sanctions On Russian And Belarusian Railways

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Representatives of the Polish railway industry have issued a joint call for the European Commission to impose ‘full and complete’ sanctions on the Russian and Belarusian railways because of their logistical role in the invasion of Ukraine.

Sounds fine by me!

March 5, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. Absolutely. One way our railways could help support Ukraine and the refugees would be to provide logistics to move the mountains of humanitarian aid being amassed in collection centres around the UK. People’s generosity is amazing, but the bags and boxes are coming in faster than they can be sorted, repacked and moved out in small vans. We need a train to move all this stuff quickly, efficiently and sustainably to where it’s needed.

    Would DB Cargo, say, be up for that? It operates through the Channel Tunnel and across Europe, so has the means. And parent company Deutsche Bahn is providing free transport for westbound refugees, as are PKP, OeBB etc. I have a vague recollection that an aid train from the UK was organised during the Bosnian War.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | March 5, 2022 | Reply

  2. Certainly the current situation should put a stop to the “belt&road” freight trains from China, which transit the region.
    This will put more pressure again on container shipping (and Suez has recently raised rates for transit by double digit %, almost making it worth while to go round the cape, maybe slow steaming to save fuel)

    Comment by MilesT | March 6, 2022 | Reply

    • True, though there’s an added complication in that 10-15% of crews are Ukrainian and Russian – on ships where both nationalities are serving, the atmosphere may become difficult.

      It highlights, once again, the foolishness of relying on fragile just-in-time supply chains and the need, above all, for reslience and flexibility*. I suspect we’ll have to get used to waiting a bit longer for our goods.

      * This applies equally to the UK rail network as climate change causes more severe and more frequent disruptive “weather events”. Restoring alternative routes, such as Okehampton-Bere Alston and Uckfield-Lewes should be considered priorities now, along with restoration of loops on single lines and re-doubling the SW main line west of Salisbury.

      Comment by Stephen Spark | March 6, 2022 | Reply

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