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PKP Intercity Makes Effective Use of EU funds: PLN 3 Billion Have Already Boosted Polish National Carrier's Investments

PKP Intercity Makes Effective Use of EU funds: PLN 3 Billion Have Already Boosted Polish National Carrier's Investments
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03 / 01 / 2023

PKP Intercity effectively obtains and uses European Union funds. Over 12 years, the national carrier has obtained a total of PLN 3.16 billion in funding, which has supported projects worth PLN 7.71 billion. The funds helped with the modernisation and purchase of rolling stock and the reconstruction and retrofitting of infrastructure facilities. As a result, the comfort of journeys is steadily increasing, and more new and modernised rolling stock is travelling on Polish tracks.

In total, since 2011, thanks to European Union funding, PKP Intercity has modernised 553 wagons and 33 diesel locomotives. The European Union support has also enabled the purchase of 45 new wagons, ten diesel locomotives, 20 electric locomotives and 60 electric multiple units.

Financial perspective 2007-2013

PKP Intercity began using European Union funds in 2011, and the first financial perspective focused on strengthening the rolling stock fleet. One of the first purchases using the funds was the ED250 (Pendolino) electric multiple units. The appearance of the new trains on Polish tracks allowed the creation of a new category of services – Express InterCity Premium, thanks to which the carrier offers the fastest journeys in the country between the largest centres of Poland. In addition to the aforementioned Pendolino trains, 20 PesaDART and FLIRT units each were purchased, and carriages and locomotives were also modernised.  

Financial perspective 2014-2020 - investment in comfortable rolling stock

Since 2014, two projects partly financed by European Union funds have been implemented. The investment projects Rail for good connections – modernisation of wagons and locomotives for PKP Intercity S.A. and Accelerating comfortably – modernisation of wagons and purchase of locomotives for PKP Intercity S.A. are co-financed by the Cohesion Fund under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme. The total gross value of the projects is over PLN 2.5 billion, and the level of co-financing is over PLN 1.01 billion. By the end of this year. PKP Intercity will receive PLN 907 million, which represents nearly 90% of the co-financing for both projects.

The projects Rail for good connections – modernisation of wagons and locomotives for PKP Intercity S.A. and We accelerate comfortably – modernisation of wagons and purchase of locomotives for PKP Intercity S.A. include 12 rolling stock and 42 infrastructure investment tasks.

The carrier's rolling stock has been strengthened by 355 modernised carriages, including compartment and non-compartment carriages and COMBO carriages, which increase rail accessibility for people with disabilities and allow travelling with bicycles. Using the funding, PKP Intercity also purchased 20 EU160 Griffin electric locomotives, and 13 diesel locomotives were modernised.

...and modern infrastructure

European Union funds also enable the modernisation and expansion of the carrier's infrastructure, i.e. the stabling stations. The redevelopment of sidings in Olsztyn and Kołobrzeg has been completed, and modernisation work is also progressing at the Szczecin Zaleskie Łęgi stopping station. The siding in Kraków will receive a modernised compressed air network and water installation. The third stage of modernisation of the Wrocław Główny stabling station is already underway, and the construction of a modern train washing facility began in recent weeks. A similar facility is already in operation in Warsaw, and another car wash will be built in Krakow. In total, PKP Intercity will have seven ecological facilities to keep the rolling stock clean. The railway heart of Poland, i.e. the Warszawa Olszynka Grochowska station, has gained washing facilities and a track lathe thanks to subsidies. Preparations are underway for further infrastructure investments.

Using European Union funds, PKP Intercity also purchased seven rail-road vehicles used at stopping stations in Gdynia, Kraków, Przemyśl and Warsaw.

Our largest-ever investment programme, which we have been carrying out for several years, is bringing about an increasingly high quality of travel for passengers and the continued development of the company. The European funds we have been acquiring play a large part in this. We attach great importance to using them effectively. With a view to further investments, we are constantly monitoring the possibilities of obtaining further European Union funds," says Tomasz Gontarz, a Member of the Management Board of PKP Intercity.

European Union funds are helping to implement the largest investment programme PKP Intercity – Railway of Large Investments, which envisages investing 27 billion in the modernisation of rolling stock and infrastructure. The plans include investments in wagons, modern locomotives, electric multiple units, as well as double-decker push-pull trainsets. As a result, the carrier's fleet will be powered by new electric vehicles with significantly lower CO2 emissions, and the appropriate number and quality of rolling stock adapted to the modernised railway lines will allow the creation of a coherent transport network for the entire country. In 2030, the carrier's entire rolling stock will be new or modernised, which will improve the level of safety and travel comfort.

Source: PKP Intercity Press Releases

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