Increase in rolling stock improves Poland’s railways and strengthens competitiveness of railway sector

A major rolling stock purchase in Poland for use on long-distance rail services aims to attract passengers with safer, faster, more comfortable transportation, while reducing railway transport’s negative impact on the environment.

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The project consists of the purchase of 20 modern multiple-unit passenger train-sets along three trans-European transport (TEN-T) corridors in Poland. The main objective is to increase the competiveness of the railway sector in the country, as well as improve the quality of transport service.

As a result of the new rolling stock, Poland will see an increase in the number of passengers on long-distance rail services by 3.4 % on a yearly average until 2030, as well as time savings for passengers, and improvements in transport safety.

Areas covered

The passenger train-sets will operate long-distance rail services along the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor, Line E30, Psary- Kraków and Włoszczowa-Częstochowa-Opole, all part of the TEN-T network. The trains will provide passenger services on the Warsaw-Gdynia, Warsaw-Rzeszów, Warsaw-Bielsko-Biała/Gliwice, and Warsaw-Wrocław routes.

Inhabitants of Warsaw, Kraków, Śląsk, the Tri-city, and Wrocław, as well as people living in the direct vicinity of the railway lines, benefit from the project. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and the Scandinavian countries also benefit from increased railway services on these sections of the TEN-T network.

The new train-sets have a maximum speed of 250 km/h, with a total capacity of 8 040 passengers for 20 trains. Each train has 57 1st class seats and 345 seats in 2nd class.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Purchase of passenger rolling stock for long-distance routes – Phase I” is EUR 492 231 947, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 74 018 000 under the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007-2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “TEN-T road and air transport network”.

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