The consortium Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o. with NEWAG S.A. is manufacturing twenty modern electric multiple units for PKP Intercity. The contract, apart from the supply of the trains, includes their maintenance for the next 15 years.
Work on the assembling of the first train and equipping its interior is already in full swing at the manufacturing plant in Siedlce. The next stage will be the train commissioning and testing by the Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o. — NEWAG S.A. Consortium including conducting static and dynamic tests as well as tests required for the train to obtain the license for operation.
The remaining trains will be produced at both the Stadler Polska’s factory in Siedlce and at NEWAG’s plant in Nowy Sacz. The outer units will be assembled in Siedlce while NEWAG will be responsible for assembling and equipping the middle units.
The comfort of travelling, in particular on long distances, will be enhanced due to trains’ high quality interiors. Passengers will be able to choose between the first- and second-class carriages and there will also be a separate bar lounge. Trains will be air-conditioned and equipped with a modern passenger information system. They will also be adapted to the needs of passengers with restricted mobility.
PKP Intercity liked so much the interior design of the train, which was presented by the Consortium, that its elements will be used in other trains ordered by PKP ICC such as DARTs, manufactured by PESA from Bydgoszcz.
The new trains will service passenger routes between Warszawa — Bydgoszcz, Olsztyn — Kraków (via Warszawa and Kielce), Gdynia — Katowice (via Łódź and Bydgoszcz) and Kraków — Szczecin (via Łódź, Kutno and Poznań).
The trains will be handed over to PKP ICC in October next year. They will travel with a speed of up to 160 km/h.