PolRegio signs framework agreements with four manufacturers for 200 electric trains
PolRegio has signed framework agreements with four rolling stock manufacturers for the supply of up to 200 electric trains. Four companies are participating: FPS H. Cegielski, Pesa Bydgoszcz, Newag and Stadler Polska, who submitted bids for the tender for new trains announced in May 2022, with results announced in October. Railway Supply magazine writes about this, citing IRJ.
Each manufacturer will be required to provide trains with modern digital passenger information systems and air conditioning within the next three years. The new trains will be ordered in two versions: two-car for 130 seats, or three-car for 210 seats. Both versions must reach speeds of up to 160 km/h to reduce travel time.
Another requirement of the new vehicles is that they should be adapted to the needs of people with limited mobility, with single-space interiors and low floor entry together with ramps or an automatic lift. In each formation one of the two on-board toilets will be adapted to the needs of people with disabilities and another requirement is there should be a baby-changing area.
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The new rolling stock for PolRegio represents a record order for a regional operator totaling more than US$1.6 billion, and funding will come from EU grants and loans, as well as other sources such as the European Investment Bank, commercial debt instruments and own means PolRegio. Over the past two years, PolRegio claims to be in a stable financial position, having received about PLN 10 billion in income from long-term operating contracts signed for the period up to 2030.
PolRegio has already carried out extensive market consultations, held tenders and signed framework agreements with manufacturers in accordance with the requirements of the EU Transport Project Centre. As part of the signed framework agreements, electronic auctions will be held. The first of the new electric trains is expected to be delivered in 2025, with all deliveries scheduled to be completed by July 2026.
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