Today, a contract for the supply of two IMPULS series Electric Multiple Units was signed at the registered office of Szybka Kolej Miejska (SKM – Rapid Municipal Transit System) in Gdynia. It is the first contract for new trains to be supplied by Newag to SKM. So far, the Nowy Sącz company has only conducted train modernisation projects for this carrier.
The IMPULS trains, which will start operating in Q2 of 2016, are four-car vehicles of 74 400 mm in length with passenger capacity of 503, including 144 seating capacity. They will differ from the IMPULS 31WEa trains produced so far by the number of doors and the floor level. At the carrier’s request, each car will have four doors and the floor height will be adapted to the SKM platform level (960mm), which is higher by 200mm as compared with the standard version of IMPULS 31WEa. The trains will be fitted with an additional retractable step to cover the gap between the train and the platform. These IMPULS trains will be fitted with retention-tank toilets adapted to the needs of passengers with restricted mobility.
Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) manufactured by NEWAG S.A. are one of the most modern rail vehicles of its kind in Poland. Comfort of travelling is ensured by quiet, air-conditioned interior, ergonomic seats, Internet access and electric sockets. IMPULS trains are economical and safe – their electricity consumption is low due to energy recuperation to the overhead line. The train is equipped with a modern visual and audio passenger information system, interior monitoring and contact with the train crew through the intercom. The train meets strict European crashworthiness and resistance standards. Its maximum operating speed is 160 km/h.
The contract to the tune of PLN 28 920 000 net was signed today by Maciej Lignowski – President of SKM, Bartłomiej Buczek – Board member of SKM and Zbigniew Konieczek, CEO of NEWAG S.A.
The new trains will operate on the route between Wejherowo and a new stop Gdańsk Śródmieście. They will be handed over to SKM by March 31, 2016.