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PKP Intercity signs billion-dollar contract with Newag for 35 hybrid trains

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Nowy Sącz-based Newag will build 35 hybrid, diesel-electric trains for PKP Intercity. The value of the signed contract is nearly PLN 3.4 billion. These will be the first such vehicles in the carrier's rolling stock.

New hybrid train units will provide space for 178 people – 154 seats in second class and 20 in first class. The vehicles will be equipped with four spaces for people with disabilities and their carers. There will be eight bicycle racks in the vehicles. In addition, passengers will be able to take advantage of the gastronomic offer available from vending machines.

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PKP Intercity has ordered Newag trains

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The value of the contract for 35 new hybrid electric and diesel traction units is 3 billion 364 million 819 thousand 857 PLN gross. The company currently has nearly 90 electric multiple units. Newag was the only entity to submit a bid in the procedure.

The vehicles will run on domestic routes in the InterCity category, which will shorten the travel time for trains currently served by electric and diesel locomotives.

By 2030, PKP Intercity plans to launch nearly twice as many trains and increase the number of passengers to almost 90 million per year. The company has adopted the strategy “PKP Intercity – Kolej Dużych Inwestycji”, which assumes investing PLN 27 billion in modern rolling stock and infrastructure.

The vehicles will run on domestic routes in the InterCity category.Shutterstock

PKP Intercity is the largest Polish rail operator, providing transport between large cities and popular tourist resorts in the country, as well as enabling travel around Europe. In 2023, the carrier carried over 68 million passengers, which is the best result in the company's history.

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