SKM Warszawa, the rail operator of Warsaw agglomeration, has put into passenger operation the first Impuls 2 EMU manufactured by Newag.
“The first Impuls 2 train meets the needs of various groups of passengers from parents traveling with children, young people, people with reduced mobility to cyclists. During rush hours, the new trains will run in a double set, as they are able to be connected to each other to provide more seats,” Alan Beroud, the President of the Board of SKM said.
The new suburban trains are equipped with air-conditioning system, Wi-Fi, USB chargers, a modern passenger information system, ticket machines and life-saving AED (automated external defibrillator) defibrillators.
Newag has introduced an additional solution for the driver by constructing a cabin door thanks to which the driver can safely leave it without entering the passenger area.
Currently, the rolling stock manufacturer is producing at the plant in Nowy Sącz the remaining trains ordered by SKM. They are at the final stage of commissioning and soon will enter tests at the Test Track Centre in Żmigród to obtain homologation.
In the spring of 2022, the new vehicles will be added to the operator’s train fleet. “I am sure that SKM Warszawa, and the passengers travelling in the capital city agglomeration, will appreciate the comfort and quality of travel with the new Impuls trains,” said Zbigniew Konieczek, the President of the Management Board Newag said.
In 2020, SKM Warszawa and Newag signed a contract for the supply Impuls 2 EMU fleet comprising 21 trains. Newag will manufacture 15 five-car trains and 6 four-car EMUs which are expected to enter passenger transport by the end of 2022.
PLN 668 million (EUR 145.55 million) is the value of the contract of which PLN 203 million (EUR 44.2 million) is the European financing through the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment for 2014–2020.