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

PKP Intercity will acquire up to 63 locomotives
Picture: PKP Intercity

This procedure marks the largest rolling stock purchase in the company’s history. The contract also includes the provision of maintenance services for locomotives informs railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to PKP Intercity.

Proposals must be submitted by July 1, 2021, and after evaluation, the Polish operator will begin negotiations with interested companies invited to participate in the tender. At the first stage, PKP Intercity invites all companies that meet the conditions to take part in the competition with the submitted specifications. Dialogue with the industry will continue until the company is able to identify bidders with the best deals to meet their needs. At the next stage of the procedure, PKP Intercity will choose the most advantageous offer.

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The new locomotives must operate on electrified lines of various voltages (3 kV DC, 15 kV AC, 25 kV AC). They will start operating on modernized and new lines in Poland, as well as on international routes. The winner of the tender will have to obtain permission to operate locomotives in six European countries: Poland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

This tender is a continuation of the PKP Intercity rolling stock renewal program. According to which the Polish railway operator will invest 19 billion zlotys (4.25 billion euros) in the acquisition of modern electric trains, locomotives, and wagons by 2030.

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PKP Intercity is developing its plans in line with the European policy for the development of the rail sector in line with the European Green Deal. As a result, the operator’s railway fleet will be equipped with new rolling stock with significantly lower CO2 emissions, and the corresponding quantity and quality of rolling stock, adapted to the modernized railway lines, will create a single transport network for the entire country.

By 2030, the entire PKP Intercity fleet will be new or modernized to ensure a high level of travel safety and comfort. PKP Intercity plans to become the first Polish passenger carrier to be climate-neutral.

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