PKP Intercity and Pesa Bydgoszcz signed a contract for the supply of 16 hybrid passenger locomotives including the provision of maintenance services for at least 60 months. PLN 554.6 million (EUR 117.9 million) is the value of the contract. Pesa will deliver the locomotives within 48 months of signing the contract with the first of them having to be delivered not later than within 30 months.
The contract was signed in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure, Andrzej Adamczyk, the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Infrastructure Andrzej Bittel and the Deputy Minister of State Assets, Maciej Małecki.
“We are focusing on sustainable transport, so we do everything to ensure that more passengers return to the rail transport. Poland is currently the European leader in transport investments, and the modernised railway routes are the foundation of an efficient transport system. In terms of railway investments, Polish companies, including PKP Intercity and Pesa Bydgoszcz, are setting the bar very high” Andrzej Adamczyk, the Minister of Infrastructure said.
Initially, PKP Intercity will operate the electric-diesel locomotives under observation in the first 6 months which will underline if technical correction or improvements are needed before the purchase of new vehicles. The new locomotives will run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h in electric traction and at 120 km/h in diesel traction.
PKP Intercity and Pesa have previously signed contracts with a total value of PLN 2.95 billion (EUR 627 million). Apart from this contract, the companies have signed a contract of PLN 376 million (EUR 80 million) in September for repair and maintenance of 59 coaches of the 152A and 154A series. As part of the signed contracts, Pesa already delivered 116 modernised and repaired 111A-20 carriages and soon will deliver nine more coaches. Completion of their acceptance, in accordance with the provisions of the contract, is planned in the second quarter of 2023, and the value of the entire contract is PLN 540.4 million (EUR 114.86 million). 8 out of 14 ED74 modernised EMUs have also been delivered under a PLN 275 million (EUR 58.45 million) contract. The remaining 6 eletric multiple units are to be delivered in 2023.
At the end of 2020, PKP Intercity received the last of the 125 Combo coaches that were modernised by Pesa completing the PLN 470 million (EUR 100 million) which are in operation.
“The contract for the purchase of 16 new hybrid passenger locomotives is a big step in further strengthening our rolling stock. These will be the first vehicles of this type in the PKP Intercity fleet and will significantly increase our operational capabilities. We invest in various types of locomotives to make the best use of the railway network in Poland,” Marek Chraniek, the President of the Management Board of PKP Intercity said.
PKP Intercity is investing PLN 24.5 billion (EUR 5.2 billion) to renew its rolling stock and with this new contract for hybrid passenger locomotives, the rail operator has so far signed contracts with manufacturers worth PLN 7 billion (EUR 1.48 billion). As part of its investment plan, the company will modernise and renew its entire fleet by 2030. In addition, the company is implementing PLN 2.5 billion (EUR 531.4 million) projects covering the modernisaion of stations and their areas. The PKP Intercity – the Railway of Big Investments programme worth PLN 27 billion (EUR 5.7 billion) will be implemented until 2030.
Following these projects, the operator expects to double the capacity in the next seven years providing passengers increased functionality, comfort and safety with fast services. The modernised and new rolling stock will be able to run at speeds of 160 and 250 km/h reducing the travel time.