PKP Intercity to acquire up to 63 locomotives

multi-system locomotives PKP Intercity has announced an open tender for the supply of 63 multi-system locomotives with an option for 32 additional locomotives able to run at a speed of 200 km/h. All locomotives will be equipped with the ETCS Level 2.

The procedure marks the largest rolling stock procurement in company’s history.

The contract also includes the provision of vehicle maintenance services.

The bids must be submitted by 1st July and following the assessment, the Polish long – distance operator will conduct a negotiation process with the interested companies invited to participate in the tender. Under this phase, PKP Intercity will invite all companies who meet the conditions to enter competition with the submitted specifications. The dialog with the industry will continue until the company is able to identify the bidders with the best solutions to meet the requirements. The next step of the procedure will see PKP Intercity selecting the most advantageous offer and awarding the contract based on the highest score obtained by the manufacturer.

An invitation to submit offers will take place in the last quarter of 2021. The preliminary ruling on the procedure is planned for the first quarter of next year.

The new locomotives will be able to run on the electrified lines of various voltages (3kV DC, 15kV AC, 25kV AC). They will enter transport services on the modernised and new lines in Poland and will also be put into services on international routes. The winner of the tender will have to obtain the approval for operation of vehicles in six European countries: Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

“We are starting the process of one of the largest purchases in the history of PKP Intercity. Modern and fast multi-system locomotives will allow faster journeys, which will have a significant impact on the further increase in the number of passengers.

The new locomotives will be electric, which will be another step on our way to achieving climate neutrality,” Marek Chraniuk, the President of the Board of PKP Intercity said.

PKP Intercity intends to attract more passengers to rail services and by 2030 the operator wants to transport 74 million passengers per year.

Through this tender, PKP Intercity is continuing its rolling stock renewal programme. Under the 2030 strategy, the Polish rail operator invest PLN 19 billion (EUR 4.25 billion) to acquire modern EMUs, locomotives, and coaches as well as push-pull double-decker cars.

PKP Intercity is developing its plans according to the European policy to promote and increase the rail transport sector, in line with the European Green Deal. As a result, the operator’s fleet will be powered by new electric vehicles with significantly lower CO2 emissions, and the appropriate number and quality of rolling stock adapted to the modernised railway lines will allow for the creation of a coherent transport network for the entire country.

In 2030, the PKP Intercity’s entire fleet will be new or modernised, which will ensure a high level of travel safety and comfort. PKP Intercity plans to become the first Polish passenger carrier whose operations will be neutral for the climate.

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