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PKP Intercity Embarks on Ambitious Modernization with Over PLN 1 Billion in EU Funding

PKP Intercity Embarks on Ambitious Modernization with Over PLN 1 Billion in EU Funding
photo: PKP Intercity / Public domain/PKP Intercity
14 / 12 / 2023

PKP Intercity is poised to undertake significant transformations in its rolling stock and infrastructure, backed by over PLN 1 billion obtained from EU funds. This substantial investment marks a strategic shift for the company as part of the EU's 2014-2020 financial perspective, with a settlement period extending until 2023.

Two major projects, titled "Railway for good connections - modernization of wagons and locomotives for PKP Intercity" and "We accelerate comfortably - modernization of wagons and purchase of locomotives for PKP Intercity", embody this strategic direction. Both endeavors, worth over PLN 2 billion, have secured co-financing from the EU's Cohesion Fund under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program. This financial backing underpins PKP Intercity's ambitious drive to modernize 335 wagons and procure and upgrade 53 locomotives, enhancing both the quality and environmental efficiency of its fleet.

Tomasz Gontarz, Vice-President of PKP Intercity's Management Board, emphasizes the critical role of EU funding in executing the company's rolling stock strategy. The projects, covering a total of 58 tasks, signify a major leap in service quality, including upgrades to various wagon types and locomotives. These improvements not only boost operational efficiency but also align with the broader European goal of sustainable and climate-conscious transportation. As PKP Intercity prepares for future projects, it actively explores additional funding avenues, keenly anticipating the announcement of the European Funds for Infrastructure, Climate, and Environment 2021-2027 Program (FEnIKS). This new program is set to extend the focus of current initiatives, with a heightened emphasis on environmental and climate neutrality goals, aligning with the evolving priorities of the EU's cohesion policy.

In addition to EU grants, PKP Intercity is eyeing potential funds from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (KPO), established in response to the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The KPO, aimed at bolstering EU cohesion and resilience, offers a substantial opportunity for PKP Intercity to secure further investment. With a potential allocation of EUR 482.5 million (PLN 2.17 billion), the company is positioned to make a significant leap in upgrading its passenger rolling stock, focusing on zero-emission and ERTMS-equipped vehicles. As PKP Intercity awaits the European Commission's approval of the KPO revision and detailed guidelines from the CEUTP, it prepares for a transformative phase in its history, enhancing passenger experience and contributing to Europe's green and digital transition.