PKP unveils plans for stunning new rail carriages that will ‘transform the travel experience’
PKP Intercity have announced the largest tender process in their history as part of a stunning plan to modernise their stock.
Capable of reaching speeds of 200 km/hr, the first deliveries are expected to be made in 2025 with the new carriages promising to transform the travel experience.
Following an innovative, new design, the stylish wagons, will feature atmospheric, ambient lighting, and increase comfort to previously unseen levels.
Standard features will include universal wifi, individual lighting systems, USB sockets, air-conditioning and passenger information systems.
Additional perks will include more space for luggage – including storage spaces underneath the seats – and even play areas for children.
Safety measures meanwhile will number fire detection systems covering the entire train and video monitoring.
Already attracting nationwide praise since being released a couple of days ago, renderings of the new wagons reveal stylish dining cars with hardwood floors, and passenger carriages with elegant light fittings and slick interiors encouraging relaxation.
Play areas, on the other hand, will tout cubby holes for privacy, toys, mini cinema screens, interactive science puzzles and comfortable poufs.
Futuristic but also intimate and cosy, the wagons stand to revolutionise the country’s transport system.
Speaking yesterday, Andrzej Adamczyk, the Minister of Infrastructure, said: “Poland has become a European leader in transport investments, and activities such as today are the best proof of this.
“We are firmly focused on the development of an eco-friendly railway service, and the purchase by our national carrier of several hundred modern, safe and comfortable wagons will be a big step towards making rail the leading means of transport.”
He added that new standard would attract millions more annual users.
The order will comprise of 38 first class compartment cars with a separate non-compartmentalised section, 40 second class compartment cars, 80 second class non-compartment cars, 38 second class compartment cars with disabled facilities, 40 second class non-compartment cars with bicycle spaces, 38 dining wagons, and 26 carriages suitable for day-night travel.
Ambitious in its scope, the investment will see PKP Intercity increase their spending on stock to PLN 27 billion by the end of the decade.
Jarosław Oniszczuk, a member of the PKP Intercity management board, said: “The tender covers different types of carriages to meet the needs of various groups of travellers – for example, those travelling with children, alone or with a bicycle.”
He added: “our goal is an affordable, comfortable and user-friendly fleet.”
According to press releases, the new vehicles will be earmarked to serve so-called ‘medium category’ routes, one of three new connection categories that will be introduced by 2030.
These will connect major agglomerations whilst stopping in less populous towns and will also run abroad to countries such as Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Lithuania.
Of the routes that will be improved, several have already been made public, among them Warsaw-Poznań-Berlin; Gdynia - Warsaw - Katowice - Bohumin – Vienna; Przemyśl - Kraków - Katowice - Wrocław – Berlin; and Gdynia - Poznań - Wrocław – Prague.
As per PKP Intercity’s announcement, interested parties have until December 13th to submit their bids.