Upgrading regional rail mobility
Modern rolling stock is being introduced on three important railway lines passing through the city of Poznań. The new trains will speed up journeys and improve regional-transport connections.
The rolling stock will include 22 electric multiple units, each capable of carrying up to 470 people. They will run on three separate rail lines, which link Poznań to Kutno, Zbąszynek and Inowrocław.
Serving three rail lines
The project takes place in Wielkopolska Province, in west-central Poland. Its main goal is to enhance regional rail transport, by providing faster and more comfortable trains. The largest of the towns it will serve is Inowrocław, with a population of more than 77 000.
Co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the project will be implemented by the province and managed from the capital city of Poznań. The railway operator responsible for the use of the new rolling stock will be Koleje Wielkopolskie Spółka z o.o.
Capacity to carry 10 000 people
The 22 trains to be purchased will be electric-powered multiple units. They will offer a capacity of 450 to 470 persons each, of which 200 to 220 will be seated places. The total capacity of this new rolling will be 9 900 to 10 340 places. The units feature powerful motors, capable of accelerating quickly to cruise speed between the stations that are spaced relatively close together. They will also offer toilets and wheelchair facilities.
The project's main benefit will be time savings. On the Poznań – Kutno and Poznań – Zbąszynek railway lines, which have already been modernised to allow trains to travel up to 160 km/h, passengers can expect to enjoy journeys that are between 25 and 30 % faster. On the third line, from Poznań to Inowrocław, the travel time will be around 20 % shorter compared with current journeys. Faster train journeys will improve mobility across Poznań region, including for inhabitants of villages along these railway lines.
Further advantages of using the electric multiple units include cost savings on the operation of vehicles and savings that stem from the avoidance of car accidents. The local environment also will benefit, thanks to the reduction of noise and air pollution, plus savings related to climate change. The project is expected to create 15 direct jobs in the operational phase.
Total and EU funding
The project "The purchase of rolling stock for railway passenger transport" has a total eligible budget of EUR 117 277 400, with the EU's European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 94 291 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.