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Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna (Łódź Metropolitan Railway) is a commuter rail service operating between the Polish city of Łódź and surrounding towns in the Łódź Voivodeship (province).

Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna - ŁKA
Sp. z o.o.
Ltd.
IndustryRail transport
Founded2010
HeadquartersŁódź, Poland
Area served
Łódź Voivodeship
Key people
Andrzej Dzierbicki,
President of the Board
OwnerŁódź Voivodeship
Websitewww.lka.lodzkie.pl

The company was founded in 2010. It is fully owned by the Łódź Voivodeship government.[1]

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ServicesEdit

 
The ŁKA network map

The Railway operates services to destinations between Łódź and the following towns and cities: Koluszki, Kutno, Łowicz, Sieradz, Skierniewice, Zgierz.

On weekends, services operate between Łódź and the Warszawa Wschodnia railway station in Warsaw.

The main termini stations of the network are Łódź Kaliska, Zgierz and Łódź Widzew. Services are operated on railway tracks owned by PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe, which are shared with other rail operators. The central sections of ŁKA form a circular line encircling the city of Łódź, running between Łódź Kaliska railway station and the Widzew railway station in the Łódź suburb of Widzew, the town of Zgierz, and concluding at Łódź Kaliska railway station. Although the system timetables depict a Circular Line, in reality, there is not a service that runs continually around the city. Instead, commuters must catch trains travelling to an outlying destination, and change at one of the three main stations to continue travelling around the circular line.

HistoryEdit

The company was established in May 2010 by the Łódź Voivodeship Government.

The Voivodeship undertook a major rail upgrade program worth €72m, 50% of which was funded by the European Union. The program involved upgrading rail tracks and existing railway stations, constructing new railway stations at a number of regional locations, and undertaking a major reconstruction of the existing station in Widzew. A new train maintenance depot was also constructed in Widzew. The program also involved improving bus connections, building park and ride facilities, ticket facilities, and purchasing a fleet of 20 new trains.[2]

The Railway commenced operation on June 15, 2014.[3]

The Voivodeship Government has indicated that it intends to purchase 14 more trains and extend services to Radom, Piotrków Trybunalski, Skierniewice, Bełchatów and Złoczew.[4]

On 11 December 2018, the company launched a new route between Skierniewice and Łowicz (to be further extended to Kutno in the future), and on 10 March 2019 it launched new routes from Łódź Fabryczna station to Piotrków Trybunalski, Radomsko and Tomaszów Mazowiecki.[5]

Rolling stockEdit

 
LKA STADLER FLIRT at Sieradz Station

ŁKA began operations with an order of 20 Stadler FLIRT two-car EMUs, which entered service starting in 2014 and were delivered through early 2015.[6] In September 2016, Stadler was named the preliminary winner of a contract to supply 14 three-car EMUs,[7] but after a legal challenge from Newag, the latter was in February 2017 awarded the contract for its Impuls II EMU,[8] the first of which entered service in December 2018.[9] Also, 10 of 20 FLIRT EMUs are scheduled to be elongated into three-car form.[10]

LinesEdit

ŁÓDŹ CIRCULAR LINE (Purple)Edit

ŁÓDŹ CIRCULAR LINE

ŁÓDŹ KALISKAŁódź ŻabieniecŁódź Radogoszcz ZachódZGIERZŁódź ArturówekŁódź MarysinŁódź StokiŁÓDŹ WIDZEWŁódź DąbrowaŁódź ChojnyŁódź PabianickaŁÓDŹ KALISKA

ŁÓDŹ - KUTNO (Red)Edit

ŁÓDŹ - ZGIERZ - KUTNO

Selected trains run from ŁÓDŹ WIDZEW station as per Łódź Circular LineŁÓDŹ KALISKAŁódź ŻabieniecŁódź Radogoszcz ZachódZGIERZ • Zgierz Jaracza • Zgierz Północ (Zgierz North) • Zgierz Kontrewers • GrotnikiChociszewOzorków Nowe MiastoOZORKÓWSierpów ŁĘCZYCAGawronyWitoniaKUTNO

ŁÓDŹ - SIERADZ (Orange)Edit

ŁÓDŹ KALISKA - PABIANICE - ŁASK - ZDUŃSKA WOLA - SIERADZ

Selected trains run from ŁÓDŹ WIDZEW station as per Łódź Circular LineŁÓDŹ KALISKALublinekPABIANICEChechłoDobrońKolumnaŁASKBorszewiceZDUŃSKA WOLAMęcka WolaSieradz MękaSieradz WartaSIERADZ

ŁÓDŹ - ŁOWICZ (Blue)Edit

ŁÓDŹ - STRYKÓW - GŁOWNO - ŁOWICZ

Selected trains run from ŁÓDŹ WIDZEW station as per Łódź Circular LineŁÓDŹ KALISKAŁódź ŻabieniecŁódź Radogoszcz ZachódZGIERZSmardzewGlinnik Wieś (Glinnik Village)GlinnikSwędówSTRYKÓWBratoszewiceGŁOWNO Kamień ŁowickiDomaniewice CentrumDomaniewiceGrudzeŁowicz PrzedmieścieŁOWICZ GŁÓWNY (Łowicz Main Station)

ŁÓDŹ – KOLUSZKI - SKIERNIEWICE - WARSZAWA (Green)Edit

ŁÓDŹ – KOLUSZKI - SKIERNIEWICE - WARSZAWA

ŁÓDŹ FABRYCZNAŁódź NiciarnianaŁÓDŹ WIDZEW Łódź AndrzejówBedońJustynówGałkówekŻakowiceKOLUSZKIWągryRogówPrzyłęk DużyKrosnowaLipce ReymontowskiePłyćwiaMakówDąbrowice SkierniewickieSKIERNIEWICEWARSZAWA ZACHODNIAWARSZAWA CENTRALNAWARSZAWA WSCHODNIA

SKIERNIEWICE - ŁOWICZ LINE (Dark Blue)Edit

SKIERNIEWICE - ŁOWICZ

SKIERNIEWICEMokraSierakowice SkierniewickieBełchówBobrownikiŁOWICZ GŁÓWNY


ŁÓDŹ – KOLUSZKI - PIOTRKÓW TRYBUNALSKI - RADOMSKO (Yellow)Edit

ŁÓDŹ – KOLUSZKI - PIOTRKÓW TRYBUNALSKI - RADOMSKO

ŁÓDŹ FABRYCZNAŁódź NiciarnianaŁÓDŹ WIDZEW Łódź AndrzejówBedońJustynówGałkówekŻakowiceKOLUSZKIChrusty NoweRokicinyŁaznówWolbórkaBabyMoszczenicaJarostyPIOTRKÓW TRYBUNALSKIMilejówRozprzaLuciążankaWilkoszewiceGorzkowiceGorzędówKamieńskGomuniceDobryszyce k/RadomskaRADOMSKO

ŁÓDŹ – TOMASZÓW MAZOWIECKI (Pink)Edit

ŁÓDŹ – TOMASZÓW MAZOWIECKI

ŁÓDŹ FABRYCZNAŁódź NiciarnianaŁÓDŹ WIDZEW Łódź AndrzejówBedońJustynówGałkówekŻakowice PołudnioweSłotwinyMikołajówWyknoZaosieSkrzynkiTOMASZÓW MAZOWIECKI


TicketsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://lka.lodzkie.pl/o-spolce/dane-spolki/
  2. ^ http://www.ceec.uitp.org/%C5%82ka-new-rsr-operator-poland
  3. ^ UITP webpage: http://www.ceec.uitp.org/%C5%82ka-new-rsr-operator-poland accessed 18 July 2015
  4. ^ http://www.kurierkolejowy.eu/aktualnosci/24784/Wasilewski-LKA-zdala-egzamin.html
  5. ^ "ŁKA z dofinansowaniem rozbudowy Flirtów i nowymi trasami". www.rynek-kolejowy.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  6. ^ "Stadler awarded Łódź EMU contract". Railway Gazette International. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Stadler to supply more Flirts for Łódź". Railway Gazette International. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Newag signs Łódź EMU contract". Railway Gazette International. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ "First Newag Impuls II EMU nears completion". Railway Gazette International. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  10. ^ "ŁKA z dofinansowaniem rozbudowy Flirtów i nowymi trasami". www.rynek-kolejowy.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-03-12.

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