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EXCITING: Largest PKP Intercity stopping station with modern eco-washing facility. Here's all you need to know!

EXCITING: Largest PKP Intercity stopping station with modern eco-washing facility. Here's all you need to know!
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29 / 07 / 2022

The reconstruction of PKP Intercity's automatic train washing facility at the Warszawa Grochów stabling station has been completed. Thanks to the investment, the time for washing a single train set will be shortened, the standard of rolling stock maintenance will be raised, and the facility will operate year-round, regardless of weather conditions. The reconstruction of the facility, which meets high environmental standards, is yet another project implemented as part of the largest investment program in PKP Intercity's history.

One hour - that's the only time it now takes to wash electric multiple units or one train consisting of up to nine cars in the Grochów washing facility. The renovated facility has received several new improvements. At the heart of the carwash are three self-propelled frame portals, which perform the cleaning process of a train standing at the station in an automated manner. Appropriately designed and programmed equipment can be adapted to individual types of rolling stock - thanks to this, both classic car trainsets and electric multiple units, including ED74, ED160 and ED161, will benefit from the washing station. Thanks to the investment, train washing time has been reduced threefold. The new car wash also allows washing of roofs, as well as shining and drying of depots. In the renovated facility it will also be possible to clean the interior of trains.

We want the Polish railroad to be as traveller-friendly as possible. That's why we are investing in new train cars and locomotives - comfortable, safe and environmentally friendly. We are also developing stabling stations, as exemplified by the washing station in Warsaw's Grochów district. By 2030, as part of its investment strategy, PKP Intercity will build 7 modern, environmentally friendly car washes throughout Poland," says Maciej Małecki, Secretary of State at the Ministry of State Assets.

Investment with the environment in mind

The automatic car wash has been equipped with a sewage treatment plant, operating in a closed cycle. It will allow for multiple uses of wash water, which will also be obtained from precipitation. The facility also has an automated chemical dosing system, which will result in noticeably lower use of chemicals. These solutions will allow PKP Intercity to reduce water consumption and limit its negative impact on the environment.

The following steps bring us closer to the goal of a railroad that is safe, comfortable, predictable, accessible and environmentally friendly. Of strategic importance here is PKP Intercity's ongoing investment program, thanks to which more modern vehicles are going out on the tracks, and the technical facilities that serve them are changing their face. Importantly, rolling stock and infrastructure projects have been planned with pro-environmental solutions in mind. Green rail is the transportation of the future," argues Andrzej Bittel, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure.

Reconstruction with European Union funding

The cost of rebuilding the car wash amounted to more than PLN 11.8 million net, and the implementation of the investment was divided into two stages. First, washing equipment was delivered and installed, while adapting the facility. The contractor for the work was Agat S.A. The second stage consisted of the hall construction for the new washing station and the execution of construction work in the field of technical infrastructure. The contractor for the works was Construction and Design Company Fraktal Marta Kupczak.

The work carried out as part of the first stage of the construction of the washing station was co-financed by European Union funds under the Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020 for the project "We accelerate comfortably - modernization of wagons and purchase of locomotives for PKP Intercity S.A." [POIS.05.01.00-00-0023/17]. For the project in question, PKP Intercity obtained PLN 495,765,401.97 in subsidies from European Union funds under the Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020. In total, PKP Intercity obtained PLN 1,010,972,287.48 in subsidies from European Union funds under the Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020.

We are developing PKP Intercity multi-directionally, investing not only in rolling stock but also in infrastructure. The modern car wash is another investment made with ecology in mind. Out of concern for the environment, we have applied a range of solutions that limit the car wash's impact on the environment. Thanks to a closed-cycle sewage treatment plant and obtaining water from precipitation, the car wash will use relatively small amounts of this valuable raw material," says Marek Chraniuk, CEO of PKP Intercity.

By investing in technical facilities, we are preparing ourselves to handle the increasing number of trains that will hit the tracks in the coming years. Modern stabling stations ensure a higher standard of technical service for our fleet. Thanks to automatic car washes, such as the one in Warsaw's Grochów, we will significantly speed up the complex preparation of trains for the route," stresses Tomasz Gontarz, Member of the PKP Intercity Management Board.

Investments in modern, environmentally friendly parking stations

The facility in Warsaw's Grochów district is the first of the planned seven modern car washes with which parking stations will be equipped as part of the consistently implemented largest investment program in PKP Intercity's history. To ensure a high standard of service for modern rolling stock, by 2030, the company will invest PLN 2.6 billion in environmentally friendly parking stations and technical facilities. Upgrading the technical infrastructure will bring standardization to the facilities. Once the investments are completed, they will be divided into three categories, adjusted to an appropriate standard that takes into account the rolling stock needs at a given location in terms of schedule execution. In 2030, PKP Intercity will have 52 stabling stations and railroad sidings throughout Poland.

 

Source: PKP Intercity Press Releases

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