Warsaw gets financing to purchase up to 45 metro trains

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will grant a loan of PLN 400.6 million (EUR 95 million) to Warsaw Municipality to purchase up to 45 metro trains. These vehicles will be operated by Warsaw Metro Company (Metro Warszawskie) as a measure to extend the services of metro Line 2.

The total cost of the rolling stock procurement project amounts to PLN 1.7 billion (EUR 400 million) and will be co-financed by Warsaw Metro Company and by European non-reimbursable funds, available through the Cohesion Fund.

The extension of metro Line 2 in the Polish capital is an important investment for the development of Warsaw’s large capacity public transport. The measure is estimated to considerably reduce traffic congestion in the Polish capital, to cut polluting emissions in the urban transport sector and to facilitate the shift from using personal vehicles and buses to using the metro transport system.

We remind that in October, Warsaw Metro opened the bids from five rolling stock manufacturers to the largest tender launched by the operator so far, that for the acquisition of new metro trains for Line 2.

At present, Warsaw owns a fleet of 18 Metropolis metro trains delivered by Alstom and 35 Inspiro trains delivered by Siemens and Newag.  Metro Warszawskie also operates 22 metro trains delivered by Russian manufacturer Metrowagonmash.

The company has been trying for the past two years to buy new metro trains to operate on the two lines of the Polish capital. The operator has also launched the idea of building a third metro line.

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