Each of the twelve modern 45WE electric multiple units has a seating capacity of 206 in an open coach floor layout and standing capacity of 325. Today, these trains will start operating on Warszawa –Skierniewice route. In November this year, all the EMUs manufactured by NEWAG will join the fleet of Koleje Mazowieckie.
The purchase of IMPULS trains means enhanced travelling comfort for passengers who, for nearly two years, experienced most of the difficulties related to infrastructure modernization. Several amenities are provided to passengers such as air-conditioning, Wi-Fi access, power sockets, a passenger information system and the intercom. Additional space will also be available for oversized luggage.
“Koleje Mazowieckie have always cared for their passengers and still do everything to ensure the highest standard of travelling. The new trains are the first five-car vehicles in Poland. Besides, they are modern and equipped with all amenities for passengers. It is nice to see that the Company — Koleje Mazowieckie are developing. I expect passengers will also appreciate it,” emphasized Adam Struzik, Marshal of Mazowieckie Province.
“The purchase of the electric multiple units is a key contract for us due to always increasing passengers’ needs, in particular on high traffic routes like the route from Warszawa to Skierniewice. Our Company’s mission is to provide high standard rail transportation. I believe that this purchase proves that Koleje Mazowieckie consistently implement this mission and the quality of their services is increasing all the time. I would like to point out that this is not the only big purchase: New double-decker cars will join our train fleet in a few months’ time,” said Czesław Sulima, member of the Management Board, Operations Director of Koleje Mazowieckie.
As usual, emphasis was placed on adapting the trains to the needs of disabled passengers, therefore, apart from special spaces designated for wheelchair-bound passengers, the trains are equipped with devices facilitating train boarding and toilets adapted for the use of the disabled. The trains are also equipped with baby-changing stations.
“IMPULS trains which we are being handed over today are the first trains manufactured in Poland which are fully compliant with TSI – Technical Specifications for Interoperability, meeting the latest, strict laws in force in the European Union,” said Zbigniew Konieczek, President of the Management Board of NEWAG S.A. “Quality, attention to comfort and safety of both passengers and train crews are of highest priority to NEWAG,” he added.
The trains will be able to travel with a speed of up to 160 km/h. The contract for procurement of IMPULS trains was signed on 28 November 2014. The contract gross value amounted to PLN 257 million.