The next PKP Intercity carriages will be modernized by PESA
During the InnoTrans international railway fair in Berlin, PKP Intercity signed a contract with PESA Bydgoszcz for the repair of 59 cars of the 152A and 154A series on the fifth maintenance level (P5). The Bydgoszcz-based company will receive PLN 376 million for the performance of the contract. This is another step in strengthening the PKP Intercity wagon park and increasing the comfort of travel.
The works will be divided into two stages. In the first of them, the repair will be performed on the 5th maintenance level, maintaining the essential operational parameters of 24 passenger carriages of the 152A type and 35 of the 154A carriages. During the second stage, after 18 months of operation, the wagons will undergo inspection at maintenance level 3
– “We implement our rolling stock strategy very efficiently. Of the PLN 7 billion planned for 2017-2023, we have already contracted over PLN 6.4 billion. In 99 percent these are contracts with Polish producers, which we are very happy about. In 2030, we want to reach the level of 88 million passengers per year, which will be helped by investments such as the one carried out in cooperation with the company from Bydgoszcz. The refurbished vehicles will serve passengers all over Poland.-“ says Marek Chraniek, President of the PKP Intercity Management Board.
After the repair is completed, the wagons will be adjusted to the speed of 200 km/h. They will offer numerous amenities for passengers, such as: WI-FI, individual lighting, new air conditioning, a dynamic information system displayed on light boards, or a new pop-up sliding door. The contract is to be implemented by 2026, and the first carriages from the contact will be picked up after 250 days from the moment they are handed over to PESA.
– “ We are very pleased that PESA Bydgoszcz can extend its cooperation with PKP Intercity by implementing another contract. This shows the trust placed in us by the national carrier. Thanks to this, we can make our own contribution to the return of Polish railways to good tracks.” – says Krzysztof Zdziarski, President of the Management Board of PESA Bydgoszcz.
A fruitful cooperation between PKP Intercity and PESA Bydgoszcz
The signed contract is another example of successful cooperation between the producer from Bydgoszcz and PKP Intercity. The national carrier has already received from PESA 110 modernized carriages type 111A-20, which were modernized and repaired at the fifth maintenance level. 15 more such vehicles will join the company’s fleet. Completion of their acceptance, in accordance with the provisions of the contract, is planned for the second quarter of 2023, and the value of the entire contract is PLN 540.4 million gross. ED74 depots are also being modernized in Bydgoszcz. So far, the company has collected 7 out of 14 vehicles. The value of the entire order is PLN 275 million, and the last modernized vehicle will be delivered to PKP Intercity in 2023. At the end of 2020, PKP Intercity received the last of the 125 carriages that were modernized by PESA from Bydgoszcz. Thus, the contract worth nearly PLN 470 million was completed. Passengers all over Poland use modern wagons. Just like with the multifunctional COMBO wagons.
PLN 27 billion of investments in ecological railway
As part of the extended investment strategy “PKP Intercity – Railway of Large Investments” until 2030, the Company will allocate PLN 27 billion to modern rolling stock and environmentally friendly parking stations. As a result, the carrier plans to run about twice as many trains in 2030 and offer passengers a high standard of travel. Travels at a speed of 160-250 km / h will become the norm, which will shorten travel times. Therefore, PKP Intercity trains will accelerate significantly, because currently most of them run at a speed of 120-160 km / h. Higher comfort and functionality will be ensured by the new design of the space inside the trains, the assumptions of which are currently being worked on. The new vehicles will be adapted to the needs of various groups of travelers, e.g. people with disabilities or families with children. In 2030, the entire fleet of the carrier will be new or modernized, which will ensure a high level of travel safety and comfort. Massive investments in modern trains will drive the further development of railways as the most ecological means of collective transport, in line with the assumptions of the European Green Deal. PKP Intercity plans to become the first Polish passenger carrier whose operations will be neutral for the climate.
PESA is the largest rolling stock manufacturer in Poland. PESA trains and trams run in all Polish regions and most large cities as well as in over a dozen European countries. PESA trams are used, among others, by the inhabitants of Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Krakow, Kiev, Sofia, Seged, Cluj and Iasi. Our vehicles carry passengers of e.g. Deutsche Bahn, Trenitalia, Ceskie Drahy and of course PKP Intercity and Polregio.
The company’s new strategy “Pesa 2026+” is based on four pillars – market expansion, new vehicle platform Regio160, innovation and modern production technologies and “Green Pesa”. The new Regio160 platform offers a complete family of regional and urban multiple units with speeds of up to 160 km/h including double-deck trains. Regio160 stands for modularity and standardization on many levels – it involves unifying the design of all the vehicles, interchangeability of the drives and modular design of the freely configurable interior. The platform includes a wide range of vehicles with various drive systems, from battery and hydrogen ones (BMU and HMU) to hybrid solutions (BEMU, HEMU) and multi-system solutions (3, 15, 25 kV).
New PESA product portfolio includes also premium HS trains with a speed up to 250 km/h and a new Gama2 family with an electric, last mile, dual power and multisystem locomotives.
The production of zero-emission vehicles, including hydrogen-powered locomotives and passenger trains, is the key element of the “Green Pesa” strategy, which assumes the maximum reduction of the carbon footprint both, in the production and operation of rail vehicles.
PKP Intercity is the largest Polish rail operator, which provides communication between large cities and popular tourist centers in the country, connects smaller centers with agglomerations, and enables comfortable travel around Europe, providing residents of an increasing number of cities and towns with transport accessibility. As part of the extended investment strategy “PKP Intercity – Railway of Large Investments” until 2030, the Company will allocate PLN 27 billion to modern rolling stock and environmentally friendly parking stations. In 2030, the entire PKP Intercity fleet will be new or modernized, which will ensure a high level of travel safety and comfort. The carrier strives to offer passengers a high and repeatable standard of travel, and intensively develops the offer for passengers, so that the railroad becomes a means of transport of first choice. The development of railways as the most ecological means of collective transport is in line with the assumptions of the European Green Deal. PKP Intercity has the ambition to become the first Polish passenger carrier whose operations will be neutral for the climate.