On November 18, this year, the contract for delivery and maintenance of twenty modern trains was signed at NEWAG’s headquarters in Nowy Sącz. The value of the contract, concluded between the PKP– Polish State Railways Intercity and the consortium comprising NEWAG S.A. and Stadler Poland, exceeds PLN 1.6 billion. PKP Intercity passengers will use the comfortable trains in October 2015. The carrier will obtain 70% of the funds for this investment from the European Union.
The contract between PKP Intercity and the consortium of NEWAG and Stadler Poland provides for both the delivery of twenty Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) and the trains’ technical maintenance for 15 years. The carrier will pay PLN 1 156 million for the trains alone whereas the costs of maintenance for 15 years will amount to PLN 465 million. The total value of the contract exceeds PLN 1.6 billion. 70% of the funds for the train purchase will be obtained from the European Union funds. The new trains will travel in PKP Intercity colours at the end of 2015.
The trains will service passenger transit on the routes between Warsaw — Bydgoszcz, Olsztyn — Cracow (via Warsaw and Kielce), Gdynia — Katowice (via Łódź and Bydgoszcz) and Cracow — Szczecin (via przez Łódź, Kutno and Poznań).
The purchase of 20 trains means another real change in the quality of travelling with PKP Intercity. Recently, 68 modernised passenger cars have been put on tracks. And in two year’s time, 70% of our carriages will be modern and comfortable, said Janusz Malinowski, President of the Board of
PKP Intercity S.A.
The trains which will join the PKP Intercity fleet are eight-unit FLIRT3 Electric Multiple Units with enhanced quality interior. The new trains will have the capacity of 360 passengers in the open coach layout, which means that there will be no typical compartments. Each train will be air-conditioned, and will feature a buffet car, designated spaces for luggage and individual electric sockets.
A range of amenities has been provided for each passenger. While ordering the trains, PKP Intercity put a lot of emphasis on the travelling comfort for disabled passengers. Apart from places specially adapted for passengers on wheelchairs, they will also be able to use equipment facilitating their boarding the train, retractable steps covering the gap between the train and the platform and wheelchair–accessible toilet. There will be a changing station for passengers travelling with small children. It will be possible to transport bicycles on the new trains.
Passengers will also have at their disposal the internal and external passenger information system in the form of LED displays and assistance buttons. Moreover, the EMUs will be ready for installation of a cell phone signal booster system.
The trains will be capable of travelling with a speed of 160 km/h. These will be one of the first trains in Poland to be equipped with the European train control system ETCS Level 2.
The EMUs for PKP Intercity will be constructed based on the vehicles from the FLIRT series. At present, 930 trains of this type are in operation in 14 countries. Tasks will be divided within the consortium which is to deliver the vehicles. Stadler will supply car bodies and bogies and subsequently, NEWAG will be responsible for interior fittings and equipment. Stadler will construct the end vehicles at its factory in Siedlce and the entire vehicles will be combined together at the Polish manufacturer’s plant in Nowy Sącz. The consortium will also provide appropriate technical support which will be located in Warsaw, Cracow or Łódź.
Providing comfortable travelling conditions while complying with the highest safety standards are our priorities. We are proud of the fact that we have formed the consortium with one of the leaders of the European rolling stock market, said Zbigniew Konieczek, CEO of NEWAG S.A.
Two strong Polish manufacturers: Stadler Poland and NEWAG S.A. have joined forces to use their experience and, consequently, to offer passengers new quality of long-distance travel in Poland. We have offered a comfortable, reliable and proven vehicle at a reasonable price, whose long-term operation will bring PKP Intercity tangible benefits resulting in lower costs of infrastructure access and reduced energy consumption, said Peter Spuhler, President and the owner of Stadler Rail Group.