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PKP Intercity took delivery of 60 new carriages manufactured by H. Cegielski Railway Vehicles Factory in Poznań. Here's what you might find exciting

PKP Intercity took delivery of 60 new carriages manufactured by H. Cegielski Railway Vehicles Factory in Poznań. Here's what you might find exciting
photo: PKP Intercity/PKP Intercity took delivery of 60 new carriages manufactured by H. Cegielski Railway Vehicles Factory in Poznań. Here's what you might find exciting
24 / 08 / 2022

PKP Intercity has taken delivery of 60 new carriages from the Poznan-based manufacturer H. Cegielski - Fabryka Pojazdów Szynowych. A total of 81 vehicles produced by the plant in the capital of Wielkopolska will go to the national carrier. The contract, worth nearly PLN 700 million, is part of the largest investment programme in the company's history, 'PKP Intercity - Railway of Large Investments'.

The ongoing investment is the result of an agreement signed in February 2018 between the carrier and the manufacturer. In total, PKP Intercity will receive 81 carriages, with the gross value of the entire order amounting to 697.3 million. The national carrier presented the premiere vehicle during last year's TRAKO fair in Gdańsk, and the acceptance of the first four carriages took place in December 2021.

"We are consistently working to improve the comfort of travel on our trains, and orders such as the one from H. Cegielski - Fabryka Pojazdów Szynowych contribute to this. Powerful investments in modern rolling stock will allow us to offer passengers a consistently high and repeatable standard of travel. The development plan we have drawn up will make rail the first-choice means of transport in the coming years," says Jarosław Oniszczuk, Member of the Board of PKP Intercity.

Modern carriages run on InterCity (IC) and Express InterCity (EIC) category trains on the following routes:

  • EIC Tatry between Warsaw - Krakow - Zakopane;
  • EIC Jantar on Warsaw - Gdynia - Hel route;
  • EIC Posejdon on Warsaw - Gdynia - Kołobrzeg;
  • EIC Fregata on Katowice - Warsaw - Gdynia - Kołobrzeg;
  • IC Wysocki on Warsaw - Katowice;
  • IC Słowiniec on Warsaw - Gdynia;
  • IC Śnieżka on Warsaw - Wrocław - Szklarska Poręba/Kudowa-Zdrój.

The PKP Intercity fleet has already been reinforced with:

  • 27 compartmentless 2nd class coaches;
  • 23 2nd class compartment cars;
  • ten 2nd class compartmentless carriages with bicycle spaces (each equipped with eight bicycle racks).

Raising the standard of travel with PKP Intercity for various groups of travellers

The carriages manufactured in Poznań increase the comfort of travel with the national carrier. In the new vehicles, passengers benefit from comfortable seats, air conditioning, a passenger information system or closed-circuit toilets. In addition, each seat has access to an electrical socket and individual lighting. In addition, mobile signal boosters and wireless Internet facilities have been installed. It will allow efficient use of the time spent travelling, whether travellers want to relax or do some work.

The vehicles from H. Cegielski - Fabryka Pojazdów Szynowych will also allow the route to be travelled faster, thanks to the adjustment to a speed of 200 km/h. The new wagons are also fully compliant with the Technical Specifications for Interoperability, which enable efficient and effective movement on the trans-European rail network.

Harmonious cooperation between PKP Intercity and H. Cegielski - Railway Vehicles Factory

The ongoing contract is another example of successful cooperation between PKP Intercity and H. Cegielski - Fabryka Pojazdów Szynowych. The manufacturer delivered to the carrier at the end of 2019, five months ahead of schedule, the last of the 90 modernised 111A-type carriages, which became 174A after modernisation. The value of the order was nearly PLN 410 million gross. In November 2020, PKP Intercity's fleet was reinforced by ten modernised restoration coaches resulting from periodic repairs at maintenance level 5, together with the modernisation of 145Ab compartmentalised coaches. The contract was worth PLN 61.3 million gross. Since the beginning of 2022, the carrier has also taken delivery of nine modernised diesel universal locomotives of the new SU4220 series. These were created as a result of the modernisation of classic SM42-series diesel locomotives. The company will receive 13 such vehicles, with a total contract value of PLN 90.3 million gross.

In April this year, PKP Intercity signed another contract with the Poznań-based factory. Its object is to carry out periodic repairs at the fifth maintenance level together with the modernisation of 90 wagons of type 111A and 141A and their subsequent maintenance at the third maintenance level. The value of the entire order is almost PLN 495 million gross. In total, as part of the ongoing investment programme, PKP Intercity concluded contracts worth more than PLN 1.75 billion gross with the Greater Poland company.

PLN 27 billion investment in green rail

As part of the extended investment strategy 'PKP Intercity - Railway of Large Investments', the Company will spend PLN 27 billion on modern rolling stock and environmentally friendly stopping stations by 2030. As a result, the carrier plans to run around twice as many trains in 2030 and offer passengers a high standard of travel. Travelling at speeds of 160-250 km/h will become the norm, which will reduce journey times. PKP Intercity's trains will therefore speed up significantly, as most of them currently run at speeds of 120-160 km/h. Higher comfort and functionality will be ensured by a new design of the space inside the trains, the assumptions of which are currently being developed. The new vehicles will be adapted to the needs of different groups of travellers, such as people with disabilities or families with children. By 2030, the operator's entire fleet will be new or modernised, ensuring a high level of travel safety and comfort. Powerful investments in modern trains will fuel the further development of railways as the most environmentally friendly means of collective transport, in line with the European Green Deal. PKP Intercity plans to become the first Polish passenger carrier whose operations will be climate-neutral.

 

Source: PKP Intercity

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