‘Impuls’ No 8, the latest purchase of Zachodniopomorskie Province, presented an impressive sight against the background of the Port in Kołobrzeg. Undoubtedly, the four-unit electric multiple unit type 31WE was the attraction of the day. On Friday, 22nd August, it was officially handed over for operation.
This August, our rolling stock purchase project will have been listed in the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme for three years, reminded Anna Mieczkowska, member of the Board of Zachodniopomorskie Province while opening the event. The contract value was PLN 259 million, the record amount spent on modernizing rolling stock in the history of our region.
During the handing over of the symbolic key to the train Anna Mieczkowskawas accompanied by Janusz Gromek, Kołobrzeg’s Mayor, Tomasz Pasikowski, President of the Board of Przewozy Regionalne Sp. z o.o., and Piotr Kołodziejczak, Newag’s commercial director, who represented Zbigniew Konieczek, Newag’s President. Marek Hok, an MP, joined this group for a short while.
Anna Mieczkowska emphasized that the delivery of the new ‘Impuls’ trains resulted from a consistent policy of Zachodniopomorskie Province concerning railway infrastructure. The decisions we took were very highly regarded by the railway industry, she said. For us, however, the most important thing is passengers’ comfort and enhanced safety ensured by the new rolling stock.
Janusz Gromek, Mayor of Kołobrzeg, was very satisfied that ‘Impuls’ trains offer new, enhanced comfort of travelling. Our guests and tourists are our priority, he emphasized, and what this Polish company has offered reflects the 21st century.
Before the key to the ‘Impuls’ train was handed over to the Province Marshal, Piotr Kołodziejczyk briefly presented the main advantages of the train. I am convinced that travelling on board of ‘Impuls’ trains will bring satisfaction both to passengers and railway companies, he said.
As a former member of local authorities, and now, from my position of the head of Przewozy Regionalne, I have a keen interest in money well spent. I congratulate the Province Board on making the right decisions and excellent investment projects, said President Tomasz Pasikowski when evaluating the scope of the event.
Marek Hok, Member of Parliament, paid a short and unexpected visit at the Kołobrzeg port and joined the participants in the official ceremony. I remember very well the level from which the Zachodniopomorskie Province started when I began my term at the Province Board. Today, I am impressed with the results that have been achieved, commented the MP.
Tourists and residents of Kołobrzeg who had an opportunity to view the train also showed their delight, with driver’s cabs attracting the biggest interest of children and adults. Moreover, the youngest visitors had a great time participating in a mini rail picnic.