Two additional IMPULS trains for Zachodnia Grupa Zakupowa — Western Procurement Group

Today, at the office of the Mar­shal of Zachod­nio­po­mor­skie Pro­vince in Szcze­cin, a con­tract was signed for the pro­cu­re­ment of two addi­tio­nal Elec­tric Mul­ti­ple Units from the IMPULS 31 WE family, sti­pu­la­ted as an option under the ori­gi­nal con­tract signed in Novem­ber 2013. So far, NEWAG S.A. has deli­ve­red 14 tra­ins in total (twe­lve out of which were for Zachod­nio­po­mor­skie Pro­vince and two for Lubu­skie Pro­vince). The deadline for the deli­very of the two addi­tio­nal EMUs is late Decem­ber this year.

IMPULS EMUs manu­fac­tu­red by NEWAG are cutting-edge rail vehic­les of this kind manu­fac­tu­red in Poland. These are four-unit, low-floor tra­ins with an open com­part­ment lay­out. Due to the fact that the tra­ins are TSI com­pliant, they offer tra­vel­ling com­fort and safety both to pas­sen­gers and train drivers.

“IMPULS tra­ins fully meet our pas­sen­gers’ expec­ta­tions and are chan­ging their atti­tude towards tra­vel­ling by train. The tra­ins guaran­tee not only com­fort and safety to the resi­dents of our pro­vince but also shor­ter tra­vel times,” said Olgierd Geble­wicz, Mar­shal of Zachod­nio­po­mor­skie Pro­vince. In Marshal’s opi­nion, this inve­st­ment empha­si­ses a con­si­stent policy of the local autho­ri­ties to pro­mote rail trans­port in the region. “We are fini­li­sing the big­gest in history rail­way pro­ject in Zachod­nio­po­mor­skie Pro­vince. In the new EU per­spec­tive, we sho­uld finish the pro­cess of repla­cing worn-out rol­ling stock.”

The EMUs are air-conditioned and equ­ip­ped with, among other, a full inte­rior moni­to­ring sys­tem, modern pas­sen­ger infor­ma­tion sys­tem, Wi-Fi access and two toilets out of which one is adap­ted to the needs of pas­sen­gers with redu­ced mobi­lity in com­pliance with the TSI PRM. The train inte­rior has also been adap­ted to faci­li­tate tra­vel­ling for pas­sen­gers with redu­ced mobi­lity: it featu­res ramps, wide aisles and a spe­cially desi­gna­ted space for trans­por­ting whe­el­cha­irs and bicyc­les. The pas­sen­ger space looks very modern due to modu­lar panel­led walls, LED ligh­ting and com­for­ta­ble seats.

“I am very happy that both pro­vin­ces deci­ded to use the option and to pur­chase one train for each pro­vince. Based on our expe­rience, we know that IMPULS tra­ins have drawn a lot of pra­ise from pas­sen­gers tra­vel­ling on the train routes of Zachod­nio­po­mor­skie and Lubu­skie Pro­vin­ces,” said Zbi­gniew Konie­czek, Pre­si­dent of NEWAG S.A. “I must empha­sise that the IMPULS EMUs ope­ra­ting within the Zachod­nia Grupa Zaku­powa – Western Pro­cu­re­ment Group have reached a relia­bi­lity rate of 99%, which pro­ves their Euro­pean stan­dard.”  

Each of the IMPULS elec­tric mul­ti­ple units orde­red under the con­tract has the pas­sen­ger capa­city of 436, inc­lu­ding 208 seats in an open com­part­ment lay­out. Due to the spe­ci­fic requ­ire­ments of the con­trac­ting autho­rity the IMPULS tra­ins manu­fac­tu­red for the Western Pro­cu­re­ment Group have been fit­ted at the entrance zones with addi­tio­nal doors leading to the pas­sen­ger space.

The con­tract is being imple­men­ted as a joint ven­ture of two pro­vin­ces: Zachod­nio­po­mor­skie Pro­vince and Lubu­skie Pro­vince within the Infra­struc­ture and Envi­ron­ment Ope­ra­tio­nal Pro­gramme for the years 2007 – 2013 titled: “The pur­chase of the rol­ling stock to service inter­pro­vin­cial con­nec­tions orga­ni­sed by Lubu­skie and Zachod­nio­po­mor­skie Pro­vin­ces.” The gross cost of the two addi­tio­nal EMUS is PLN 42 804 000.00 and the total value of the con­tract imple­men­ta­tion, after the Annex has been signed, has reached the gross amo­unt of PLN 340 791 962.53.