PKP Intercity to purchase 450 units in largest tender to date
The Polish carrier plans to use the new units on lines to the Czech Republic as well.
PKP Intercity today announced the biggest tender in Poland’s history. The company is looking for a supplier of 300 railcars, with an option for another 150. The new cars should bring a new quality to travel.
The order should include seven types of cars. PKP Intercity is looking to buy 38 first-class composite cars, 40 second-class compartment cars, 80 second-class open cars, and 38 second-class cars adapted to the needs of people with disabilities. Also included in the tender are 40 second-class open cars adapted for transporting bicycles, 38 dining cars, and 26 sleeping cars.
The operating speed must be at least 200 km/h. The wagons must be able to run on the territory of Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, and Lithuania. PKP Intercity expects the first delivery in 2025.
PKP Intercity has shown the interior design of the new passenger cars; this should become standard in long-distance transport. The cars will be air-conditioned, equipped with Wi-Fi, individual lighting systems, electric sockets, and USB. A fire detection system covering the entire carriage and a CCTV system will be used for passenger safety. The new section for parents traveling with children will link the passenger area with a safe play area.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková