Poland’s Polregio signs framework contracts for 200 new electric trains

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Polregio, a train operator in Poland, responsible for local and interregional passenger transportation, has revealed that it has signed new framework contracts, worth €1.5bn, with four Polish rolling stock manufacturers for 200 electric multiple units (EMUs).

The new trains will be used for regional transport in Poland, with the first expected to arrive in 2025. The 200 new units represent the largest purchase of new rolling stock in the history of the Polish market.

The contracts have been awarded to Polish manufacturers PESA, Newag, Stadler Polska, and H. Cegielski – Fabryka Pojazdów Szynowych. According to Polregio, the purchase of the new trains will be financed through European subsidies and loans.

CEE Transport reported that the new units will be procured in two versions: a maximum of 60 two-car units with a seating capacity of 130 and up to 160 three-car units for a minimum of 210 passengers.

The vehicles will reach speeds of up to 160 km/h and will be equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a passenger information system.

“The signing of framework agreements with rolling stock manufacturers begins a new stage of development in the history of Polregio and, at the same time, the regional railway in Poland,” said Artur Martyniuk, President of the Management Board of Polregio. “200 new regional trains mean a huge qualitative leap and a significant improvement in travel comfort for millions of Poles, especially for residents of smaller towns.”

Polregio will select the suppliers in an electronic auction.