New rail vehicles improve quality of public transport and increase labour mobility in southern Poland

The Opolskie region has gained five combustion engine rail buses to handle the non-electrified railway lines. That translates into 680 additional seats in regional public transport.

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The new vehicles meet all European technical and environmental standards.  © Opolskie Voivodeship The new vehicles meet all European technical and environmental standards. © Opolskie Voivodeship

" This project provided a boost for labour mobility, quality of public transport and overall attractiveness of our region. The new rail buses are really modern, aesthetic and highly functional which makes travelling with them much more comfortable and faster. That translates into better life quality for our citizens. "

Andrzej Buła, marshal of Opolskie region

Purchased as a result of EU co-financing, the new vehicles have significantly improved the comfort and safety of passengers. As the new trains meet all European technical and environmental standards, the purchase led to a visible reduction of the operating costs, travel time and ecological burden.

Less pollution

The Opolskie region was equipped with outdated rolling stock which did not meet the requirements of environmental protection.

Purchasing the vehicles enabled a complete elimination of old and wasteful combustion locomotives. Moreover, it significantly contributed to the improvement of conditions for environmental protection through a reduction in the amount of exhaust emissions, leading also to a reduction in the emission of CO2.

Labour mobility

The project had a positive impact on the provision of equal opportunities by improving mobility through access to public transport. Technical parameters of vehicles (sliding doors, lowered doorsteps, ramps, fastening systems) enable the disabled moving in wheelchairs to use the transport. The project also contributed to the improvement of access of rural communities to urban areas.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Purchase of rail vehicles in Opolskie Voivodeship” is EUR 12 482 255, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 9 270 571 from the Operational Programme “Opolskie” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

Draft date

15/09/2015