Lower Silesian Railways are buying another 8 trains from PESA Bydgoszcz.
Lower Silesian Railways have decided to use their law of option and have ordered another 8 units of Elf2 trains. Thanks to this decision the cumulative number of thirteen 5-unit trains produced in PESA Bydgoszcz will arrive on tracks of Lower Silesia. First of them will hit the road as soon as in the year 2022.
The agreement signed on 29th of September in the last year that was made between the carrier and the producer have included 5 ELF2 trains with the law of option that allow to order 20 more trains for delivery in the future. The announced increase in this order by 8 trains is going to raise the value of this contract by 232 million zlotys.
- We’re taking over another railway lines in this region and that’s why we decided to increase the initial number of trains by some new ones. We need to prepare with Lower Silesian Railways for the further development of railway lines in the upcoming future – says Cezary Przybylski, marshal of the Lower Silesian voivodeship – we want to improve the metropolitan railway in Wrocław and Elf2 trains thanks to the ability to board over 550 passengers fully suit our needs – the marshal ended with this sentence.
The value of the whole order for Lower Silesian Railways is going to reach 377 million zlotys, and one train is going to cost 29 million zlotys. New rolling stock is going to allow the carrier and the local government to continue the further development of web of railway connections in the upcoming years. The final units are going to be delivered to the carrier in the first half of 2023. What our board doesn’t rule out is that the carrier might widen the order even more as the law of option enables them to order another 12 trains until the end of September 2021.
- From the very beginning our aim was to buy the highest possible number of new trains as part of this rolling stock project. Last year we ordered 11 trains, including 6 hybrids from Newagu, today we show a gesture of will to increase this order by 8 new modern trains. It’s already the biggest rolling stock project in the history of Lower Silesian Railways. I am ensuring though, we haven’t said the last word just yet. We are constantly working on making the best use out our buy options. We still got some time for that – those words were added by the CEO of Lower Silesian Railways, Damian Stawikowski.
- Thanks to making use of this option Lower Silesian Railways are going to have a fleet of 13 of modern 5-unit Elf2s at their disposal. They are low-emission, comfortable and safe vehicles ideally suit the needs of metropolitan and regional railway transport. I am convinced that those trains are going to be appreciated by both passengers and the crew, which will eventually transfer to further order as a part of an option – said Krzysztof Zdziarski, the CEO of PESA Bydgoszcz.
The model that was selected by Lower Silesian Railways, ELF2 belongs to the newest generation of EMUs designed by PESA Bydgoszcz. The maximum speed of these trains is 160 km/h. Up until this point PESA has already delivered 47 of such trains to both national and international carriers. New trains have a seating space for 250 people, however they can safely board over 550 passengers. In order to increase the comfort of the travel as well as safety ELF2 is equipped with on-board WiFi, a storage space for bikes, two spaces for wheelchairs, bigger luggage storage, and surveillance. Additionally the producer is obliged to service these trains up to the level of P3.2