Raising the standard of rail travel in Poland

An investment to replace dated rolling stock on the country’s railway network will boost passenger numbers and cut journey times.

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The project involves the purchase of 20 electric multiple train units (EMUs). These are self-propelled carriages which do not need a separate locomotive, and are quieter than locomotive-drawn trains. Each of the new EMUs is able of seating up to 360 people, including 60 in first class, and has a maximum speed of 160 km/h.

The units, popular due to their speed and pollution-free operation, will run on Twoje Linie Kolejowe (TLK) trains in the North Seat-Baltic and Baltic Adriatic network, which both form part of the trans-European transport (TEN-T) corridor.

Implementation of the project will result in a 3,6 % increase in passenger use on TLK trains up to the year 2030, as well as reduced journey times ranging from 37 minutes to two and a half hours.

On track for better rail infrastructure

The initiative complements other investment in rolling stock and is designed to improve rail standards on those routes on which the new trains will run. By January 2016, the electric multiple units will replace carriages currently used for TLK trains which are old and nearing the end of their useful life.

The new rolling stock, which has the potential to operate more frequently and without disturbance to nearby residents, will be capable of carrying up to 7 200 passengers. The scheme should contribute to an estimated annual time savings for passenger transport of EUR 4 776 929 in the first year of operation.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Purchase of rolling stock for PKP Intercity S.A. for the operation of passenger rail services – purchase of 20 electric multiple unit” project is EUR 285 233 947, of which the EU´s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 185 467 401 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “Environment-friendly transport”.

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