Polish operator PKP Intercity, in charge of long distance passenger transport, has awarded Alstom a contract worth €665 million to supply 20 new Pendolino high speed trains. The contract also includes full maintenance of the trains up to 17 years and the construction of a new maintenance depot. The first trains are scheduled for delivery in 2014.
PKP Intercity will operate the trains on existing routes in Poland: Warsaw-Gdansk-Gdynia; Warsaw-Krakow; Warsaw-Katowice. Travel time between the existing routes will be significantly shortened to 2.5 hours between Warsaw and Gdansk and just over 2 hours between Warsaw and Krakow and Warsaw and Katowice.
In line with customer specifications, the trainsets will not integrate the tilting system. They will be able to carry up to 402 passengers at a maximum speed of 250 km/h.
“These new trains will enable passengers in Poland to experience a new level of quality and comfort. With their leading-edge technology, these trains meet the highest functionality and safety standards,” said Janusz Malinowski, President of PKP Intercity.