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Poland's Railway Renaissance: PKP Intercity's Multi-Million Makeover

Poland's Railway Renaissance: PKP Intercity's Multi-Million Makeover
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12 / 09 / 2023

PKP Intercity has formalized an agreement with PKP Intercity Remtrak, its sister company within the same corporate group, to execute periodic overhauls on 330 passenger coaches. Valued at PLN 214 million, this contract will see these coaches undergo intensive maintenance and modernization efforts, notably at the plant located in Idzikowice.

A key element of this transformative project includes the modification of passenger information systems across 159 carriages, in tandem with the installation of UV lamps in the air conditioning systems of 194 carriages. All works under this agreement are scheduled for completion within a 12-month timeframe.

Esteemed figures, including Robert Telus, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Maciej Małecki, Secretary of State at the Ministry of State Assets, hailed Remtrak's transformation. They spotlighted its rise from potential downfall to becoming a robust pillar for the local labour market, signifying the company's noteworthy achievements in technology and its commitment to pushing the boundaries in rail service provision. These affirmations were echoed by Andrzej Bittel, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure, emphasizing the strategic alignment of PKP Intercity and Remtrak in further enhancing rail stock quality.

The comprehensive agreement encapsulates not just these significant upgrades but also mandates regular inspections of the carriages after specific operational milestones. The Idzikowice plant is slated to oversee these periodic assessments of 326 wagons, ensuring each inspection concludes within a 20-day period. This entire collaborative endeavour is set to span 30 months, heralding a new chapter in Poland's railway history. As both Tomasz Gontarz, Vice-President of PKP Intercity S.A., and Witold Bawor, President of PKP Intercity Remtrak Sp. z o. o., affirmed, that this move signifies a win-win, championing advancements in rail transport while fostering organizational growth.