40 Combo cars, modernized by a consortium of PESA Bydgoszcz and ZNTK Mińsk Mazowiecki, were handed over to the Polish passenger operator PKP Intercity. By the end of 2021, the operator will receive another 20 cars under a contract worth 310 million zlotys (68.6 million euros).

modernized passenger cars
Picture: PKP Intercity

The interiors of multifunctional cars are made soundproof. There are electrical and USB sockets, individual panels for lighting control and air supply. Compartments for family groups and passengers with reduced mobility are separated by a door, while the cars have open saloons and places for transporting bicycles. The compartment for passengers with reduced mobility provides two full-size seats for them, folding seats for accompanying persons and seats for two wheelchairs. This was reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply.

Safety in the car is provided by a ramp, the icons are duplicated in Braille. All handrails and control buttons are located at a height convenient for passengers in wheelchairs. The toilet is also adapted for people with reduced mobility.

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The Combo multi-purpose car modernization project is one of several contracts worth a total of PLN 2 billion (EUR 446.38 million) concluded by PKP Intercity with the PESA Bydgoszcz-ZNTK Mińsk Mazowiecki consortium. The Combo car project received funding of PLN 91.55 million (EUR 20.26 million) under the European Union’s Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020.

modernized passenger cars
Picture: PKP Intercity

In total, the financial support provided to PKP Intercity under this program for all passenger rolling stock modernization projects amounts to PLN 653.7 million (EUR 144.67 million).

The last of these contracts, signed in December 2020, instructs the consortium PESA Bydgoszcz – ZNTK Mińsk Mazowiecki to upgrade 125 cars of series 111A and 141A.

The contract is an important element of the PKP Intercity program worth PLN 19 billion, aimed at upgrading by 2030 the entire fleet of operating rolling stock, including passenger cars (including double-decker shuttle trains), locomotives and electric trains.

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