Four bidders for PolRegio EMU fleet

PolRegioPolRegio has announced that four rolling stock manufacturers have submitted bids for framework agreement to acquire 200 EMUs, with all offers exceeding the PLN 6 billion (EUR 1.26 billion) budget.

The bidders are:

  • FPS H. Cegielski – PLN 7.15 billion (EUR 1.5 billion)
  • Pesa Bydgoszcz – PLN 9.94 billion (EUR 2 billion)
  • Stadler – PLN 10.89 billion (EUR 2.27)
  • Newag – PLN 10.75 billion (EUR 2.25 billion)

The operator says that the framework agreements will soon be signed and will run for three years (36 months). Under the selection process PolRegio will conduct executive proceedings in which the companies will submit their bods for a specified number of vehicles and then take part in an electronic auction to select the contractor for a firm order and determine the final procurement price.

“Framework contracts with contractors will be signed soon. This is a huge milestone in the process of acquiring new trains. We will place orders with manufacturers who will be selected by electronic auctions,” Artur Martyniuk, the CEO of PolRegio said.

The framework agreement covers the train supply in two versions: 60 electric multiple units with 130 – 160 passenger seats while another version includes the acquisition of up to 140 electric trains with at least 210 seats.

The contracts are expected to be concluded in June 2023 and the winner is expected to deliver the new trains in 2026.

PolRegio published in the European public procurement journal on 2nd May 2022 its plan to select a manufacturer for the supply of up to 200 EMUs, the largest train tender procedure in Poland’s history. The purchasing system envisaged 7 maximum number of participants to the framework agreement.

The EMU fleet procurement will be financed by EU funds from National Recovery and Resilience Plan, the Operational Programme for Infrastructure and Environment 2021-2027 (FEnIKS), regional plans and loans.

PolRegio which is operating 19 routes, is the largest Polish passenger rail carrier providing services in regional and agglomeration areas. Due to the pandemic, as all rail passenger operators, the company, which is leading the Polish rail passenger market, faced considerable decline in the number of passengers by 33.1 million people in 2020 which was one-third of its passengers in 2019. Despite the lower number of passengers, the company achieved in 2020 an increase in its market share by 0.1 percentage point in relation to the previous year, reaching 26.6% market share.

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