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EXCITING NEWS: More PKP Intercity railcars will get an upgrade

EXCITING NEWS: More PKP Intercity railcars will get an upgrade
photo: PKP Intercity/EXCITING NEWS: More PKP Intercity railcars will get an upgrade
23 / 09 / 2022

During the InnoTrans international rail fair in Berlin, PKP Intercity, the Polish railway operator, has signed a contract with PESA Bydgoszcz for the fifth level of maintenance repair of 59 series 152A and 154A railcars.

The contract is worth a gross amount of PLN 376 million, and it is another step in strengthening PKP Intercity's wagon fleet and increasing travel comfort. The work will be divided into two stages: the first stage will involve repairs carried out at the 5th maintenance level, with the maintenance of the essential operating parameters of 24 passenger cars of the 152A type and 35 cars of the 154A type. During the second stage, after 18 months of operation, the railcars will undergo maintenance level 3.

This signed agreement is another example of the successful cooperation between PESA Bydgoszcz and PKP Intercity. The national carrier has already taken delivery of 110 modernized cars of the 111A-20 type from PESA, which have been undergoing modernization along with repairs at the fifth maintenance level. Fifteen more such vehicles will join the company's rolling stock. Completion of their acceptance, according to the provisions of the contract, is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023, and the value of the entire contract is PLN 540.4 million gross. In addition to that, ED74 trainsets are also being modernized at the Bydgoszcz plant, with seven of the 14 vehicles already delivered to the company. The value of the entire order is PLN 275 million gross, and the last modernized vehicle will go to PKP Intercity in 2023. At the end of 2020, PKP Intercity took delivery of the last of the 125 railcars that the Bydgoszcz-based PESA has modernized for the carrier, thus completing a contract worth nearly PLN 470 million gross. These modern carriages are used by passengers throughout Poland, just like the multifunctional COMBO railcars.

After the repairs, the railcars will be adapted to a speed of 200 km/h and will offer numerous passenger amenities such as WI-FI, individual lighting, new air conditioning, a dynamic information system presented on light boards, and new bumper-sliding doors. The contract is expected to be completed by 2026, and the first railcars from the contract will be received 250 days after they are handed over to PESA.

"We are implementing our rolling stock strategy very efficiently. Of the PLN 7 billion planned for 2017-2023, we have already contracted more than PLN 6.4 billion. Ninety-nine per cent of these contracts are with Polish manufacturers, which we are very happy about. In 2030 we want to enter the level of 88 million passengers per year, which will be helped by investments such as the one carried out in cooperation with the Bydgoszcz company. The renovated vehicles will serve passengers throughout Poland," says Marek Chraniuk, CEO of PKP Intercity.

As part of the expanded investment strategy "PKP Intercity - Large Investment Railway," the company will spend PLN 27 billion on modern rolling stock and environmentally friendly stopping stations until 2030. This investment is expected to enable the carrier to run about twice as many trains in 2030 and offer passengers a high standard of travel. PKP Intercity's trains will thus speed up significantly, as most of them currently run at 120-160 km/h. Higher comfort and functionality will be ensured by the new design of the space inside the trains, the assumptions of which are currently being worked on.