PKP Intercity signed a contract with NEWAG to purchase 20 new electric locomotives. The contract gross value exceeds PLN 367 million. The contract concluded with the rolling stock manufacturer is an element of the biggest investment programme in the history of PKP Intercity, valued at approx. PLN 7 billion.
Under the contract which was entered into by PKP Intercity and NEWAG, PKP Intercity will purchase 20 new electric locomotives with an option for additional ten locomotives. The gross value of the contract amounts to approx. PLN 367 million. If PKP Intercity exercises the option, then the gross value of the contract will exceed PLN 551 million. New locos will travel with a speed of 160 km/h, thus enabling to effectively use the modernised railway lines.
“It is very good news that it is a Polish company that is going to supply new orders for PKP Intercity. Collaboration with domestic companies is beneficial for the development of rail transport which is of vital importance to our economy,” said Andrzej Adamczyk, Minister of Infrastructure.
The contract stipulates for NEWAG to implement the order within 30 months. It will also be responsible for conducting maintenance inspections of the locos at the second, third and forth level. After 60 months following their acceptance, the locos Level 4 overhauls will be conducted.
“Passengers expect comfortable, punctual and safe railway services. We are very glad that PKP Intercity is constantly striving to meet these expectations by intensive investment in new rolling stock, among other. This is confirmed by increasingly better performance results of our national carrier which means that more and more people are travelling on PKP Intercity trains,” stressed Andrzej Bittel, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure.
PKP Intercity – Big Investment Railway Operator
“We have consistently been implementing the rolling stock strategy within which we are going to invest more than PLN 7 billion in improving rail travel standards. The contract signed today is another element of this strategy,” added Marek Chraniuk, President of the Management Board of PKP Intercity.
PKP Intercity is currently implementing the biggest investment project in the company history called “PKP Intercity – Big Investment Railway Operator” whose goal among other, is to purchase and modernise rolling stock and further improve comfort of travelling. By 2023, PKP Intercity will have spent approx. PLN 7 billion on purchasing new carriages and locomotives and modernising the existing rolling stock as well as on train depot stations.
The new locomotives will be used to service routes across Poland including:
“Griffin locomotives which will be supplied under the contract will be the next version of the locomotives currently used by PKP Intercity. They will be the most cutting-edge electric locomotives in Poland. The Griffin locos already used by PKP IC have covered the distance of 80 thousand kilometres each in two months. The experience gained during their operation will be useful in designing the new Griffins. The technical solutions implemented in the offered locos will enable to provide a high level of reliability and safety,” said Zbigniew Konieczek, President of the Management Board of NEWAG S.A.