Łódź Voivodeship ordered from Pesa Bydgoszcz four Regio160 EMUs which will be operated by commuter and regional operator Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna (Łódź Metropolitan Railway) to increase the capacity on the rail network.
The contract has been signed by the Marshal of the Łódź Voivodeship, Grzegorz Schreiber, and the president of PESA Bydgoszcz, Krzysztof Zdziarski, and includes an option for 20 additional electric multiple units. “This is another contract thanks to which we will increase the rolling stock in the Łódź region. We will receive additional funds thanks to which we can expand the capacity of our rolling stock in a short time,” Grzegorz Schreiber said.
The new electric multiple units will have a capacity of up to 350 passengers, including 160 people seated and will be designed to provide special areas for families with children and will be adapted to passengers with reduced mobility.
The Regio160 EMUs will travel at a speed of up to 160 km/h and will be equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning system and passenger information system.
Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna currently operates 39 trains. In 2022, the operator had a 2.5% market share considering the number of transported passengers and a 1.18% market share in terms of transport performance. According to the Polish Office of Rail Transport (UTK), the operator recorded the highest growth dynamics in 2022 (+44.4%) compared to 2019. The number of passengers increased by almost 2.7 million from 6 million in 2019 to 8.7 million in 2022.
The company is committed to reduce its emissions and recently has completed the installation of a photovoltaic system at its technical facilities. The expected power obtained from the installation is about 250 kWp that will enable the operator to guarantee non-traction electricity needed for the operation of the facilities. The electricity generated in the photovoltaic generator will first be used for its own needs, powering the maintenance and repair hall for railway vehicles and the infrastructure located outside the facility such as the lighting, railway traffic control devices. The surplus will be fed into the power grid. The implementation of the investment is the next stage of company’s transition to obtain energy from renewable sources.