PKP Intercity signed a contract with Pesa and its subsidiary ZNTK Mińsk Mazowiecki for the modernisation of 14 ED74 electric multiple units valuated at PLN 275 million (EUR 64.8 million).
During the modernisation, the EMUs will undergo significant changes that will improve passengers’ comfort. The trains will be equipped with air conditioning system, comfortable seats, sockets and Wi-Fi. the vehicles will also be adapted to the needs of passengers with disabilities and will have dedicated places for bicycles.
The first two modernised EMUs will be delivered in 2 years and the remaining vehicles will be delivered within 48 months. They will enter a 7-day test period without passengers, followed by 90-day supervised operation during which the contractors will provide technical support.
The EMUs will enter services Wrocław – Lublin and Wrocław – Kielce routes.
“The modernised ED74 trains will further increase the standard of PKP Intercity services, providing more comfortable travel experience. They will be tailored to the needs of o variety of passengers,” Marek Chraniuk, the CEO of PKP Intercity, said.
The contract was awarded under PKP Intercity’s rolling stock renewal programme under which the operator will invest PLN 7 billion (EUR 1.65 billion) by 2023. To date, the Polish rail operator signed contracts valuated at PLN 3.2 billion (EUR 754 million) for rolling stock procurement and modernisation.