PKP Intercity and the Polish rolling stock manufacturer H. Cegielski – Poznań signed a contract to convert 10 passenger coaches into restaurant cars. The value of the contract is EUR 14.14 million (PLN 61.3 million).
Under the contract, H. Cegielski–Poznań will upgrade and convert 10 passenger cars of the type 145Ab and will also perform subsequent periodic technical inspections. The converted cars will be adapted to speeds of up to 160 km/h. Within 18 months, the modernized cars should be delivered and the entire agreement, together with maintenance services will be executed within 36 months.
“We are pleased that the next order for PKP Intercity will be implemented by the Polish company. We welcome the cooperation with domestic enterprises leading to the development of the Polish railways, which is an extremely important part of our economy,” Andrzej Adamczyk, Minister of Infrastructure, said at the signing ceremony.
The modernized cars will each have 12 tables and 36 seats. They will be fitted with air-conditioned system, Wi-Fi, luggage places. In addition, the upgraded cars will have Braille signs for the blind passengers.
Currently, catering services are provided in 288 trains classified as Express InterCity Premium, Express InterCity and partly InterCity trains. This is PKP Intercity’s third contract for the refurbishment of restaurant cars.
This is another contract concluded by the two companies. In 2017, H. Cegielski – Poznań was awarded a contract for the modernisation of 60 cars and in 2018, a contract for the supply of 50 cars.
The contract is part of company’s Railway of Big Investments programme under which EUR 1.6 billion (PLN 7 billion) will be invested until 2023. The programme includes the procurement of new cars and locomotives as well as the modernization of the existing fleet.