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Major Rail Investments in Poland: PKP Intercity Welcomes New FLIRT Units from Stadler Polska

Major Rail Investments in Poland: PKP Intercity Welcomes New FLIRT Units from Stadler Polska
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06 / 07 / 2023

PKP Intercity has received delivery of 6 of the 12 FLIRT-type electric multiple units produced at the Stadler Polska factory in Siedlce. The remaining trainsets are to be added to the carrier's fleet by the end of the fourth quarter of 2023. The contract worth more than one billion zlotys will enable an increase in the number of connections on the most popular routes.

The modern vehicles delivered under the order worth PLN 1.015 billion gross are part of the largest investment programme in the company's history, PKP Intercity - Railway of Large Investments. The contract for the production of 12 electric multiple units was signed between PKP Intercity and Stadler Polska in 2019. The signed contract includes technical maintenance of the new fleet for 15 years.

Fast, comfortable and environmentally friendly FLIRT trains

The modern electric multiple units will be adjusted to a speed of 160 km/h, allowing efficient use of the modernised railway lines. As a result, journeys with PKP Intercity will be significantly accelerated. In the target layout, the new vehicles from Stadler Polska will run across the whole of Poland and will complement the offer on, among others, the routes:

  • Szczecin - Poznań - Łódź - Lublin;
  • Szczecin - Poznań - Łódź - Kraków;
  • Gdynia - Bydgoszcz - Łódź - Krakow;
  • Gdynia - Bydgoszcz - Łódź - Katowice;
  • Olsztyn - Warszawa - Kraków;
  • Olsztyn/Białystok - Warsaw - Częstochowa - Bielsko Biała/Racibórz.

"Every PKP Intercity investment is made with our passengers in mind, whom we always put first. Modern vehicles, such as those just taken over from Stadler Polska, are tangible proof of the positive change in the Polish railway. More and more connections are being served by new or modernised rolling stock, making railways an increasingly preferred means of transport for passengers," says Jarosław Oniszczuk, a member of the management board of PKP Intercity.

In the new trainsets, passengers will benefit from numerous amenities, including air conditioning, electrical sockets, GSM/LTE signal boosters, wireless internet and a dedicated space for transporting bicycles. During the journey, PKP Intercity will be able to offer a range of hot and cold meals and drinks, served both to the seat occupied by the passenger and in the catering area. In addition, the vehicles are adapted to the needs of people with disabilities. The new units are monitored, and the passenger space offers 294 2nd class seats and 60 1st class seats.

It is also worth noting that the FLIRT vehicles currently being delivered are compatible with the FLIRT vehicles handed over by Stadler Polska to PKP Intercity in 2015, making it possible to combine units from 2015 with vehicles from the latest series. This possibility gives the carrier great operational flexibility. In addition, the investment will allow greater standardisation of the company's rolling stock.

"I am convinced that the vehicles produced by Stadler Polska will serve the carrier, but above all, the passengers, very well. These are consecutive trainsets of this type that we are delivering to PKP Intercity, which is a proof of trust in our work and a confirmation of the high quality of vehicles from our factory in Siedlce," says Tomasz Prejs, CEO of Stadler Polska.

The vehicles produced by Stadler Polska have been designed with environmental protection in mind. Their lightweight, aluminium construction guarantees lower energy consumption. Among other things, they are built from recyclable and environmentally friendly materials. In addition, they are equipped with an energy recovery system so that they can return the energy generated during braking to the overhead line. Greater travelling comfort will be ensured by acoustic soundproofing, which will result in less noise emission into the trainsets. 

Source: PKP Intercity