1. Improvement of access and quality of Warsaw Commuter Rail services in the field of passenger rail transport, through:
- shortening the travelling time through increase of vehicles transaction parameters within the scope of acceleration and breaking – its derivative being a better use of line flow capacity and obtaining attractive frequency of trains;
- shortening the time of passenger exchange at halts through the adjustment of train floors height to the existing infrastructure;
- improvement of travelling comfort – limiting noise, equipping the passenger area with air-conditioning and automatic ventilation, settle down train run, improving the esthetics of interior design,
- introducing modern technical solutions in the field of passenger sound and visual information and personal safety of passengers (monitoring the interior of a trains);
- improvement of traffic safety through implementation of modern solutions in the breaking system;
- increase of train accessibility for disabled passengers;
- increase of train accessibility for passengers with bicycles and prams etc.
2. Increase of economic, social and spatial coherence of the Warsaw Agglomeration.
All inhabitants of the south-western part of Warsaw Agglomeration – regardless of sex, age, race and outlook – will gain a faster and safer means of reaching their work place, education and entertainment situated in the agglomeration center, and its other areas;
- inhabitants of places situated along the WCR line will get a better access to the center of the region and the country.
- Mobility of people living in the suburbs of Warsaw will improve and their work opportunities in the market of Warsaw Agglomeration will increase thanks to a better access to it;
- Places situated along the WCR line will become more attractive and competitive;
- Communication trend of passengers will change from a car transport into railway one which will result in the development of equable transport and will make flexible all transport connections in the area of Pruszków – Grodzisk Mazowiecki;
- Positive impact on equalizing chances of the disabled – thanks to obtaining trains with floors at the level of platforms, under the project, which will provide WCR transport to passengers with motoric disability, whereas introduction of audiovisual passenger information system will have a positive impact on decreasing exclusion of deaf and blind passengers – it will enable them to make use of WCR offer;
3. Improvement of the Warsaw Voivodeship competitiveness through:
- Improved access to railway transport services in the area of south-western Mazovia;
- Improved mobility of inhabitants of Warsaw suburban places in connections to the center of agglomeration and other parts of the country;
- Strengthening the network of connections among county centers;
- Stimulation of development of transport sector of Warsaw Agglomeration which will result in development of all branches of economy;
- Increase of attractiveness of suburban places along WCR line encouraging settlement of people there and establishing companies – potential employers;
- Development of regional passenger carriages – increase of frequency and speed of trains on the WCR line;
- Broadening and integrating the labor market of Warsaw agglomeration;
- Innovation through using modern and safe vehicles of series EN97;
- Modernization of the rolling stock;
- Better quality of railway transport services in the south-western area of Mazovia;
- Implementing passenger friendly solutions – modern information system, improved culture of services;
- Increase of technical and living standards of inhabitants and improvement of environmental conditions.
4. Decreasing the negative impact on natural environment
New rolling stock of series EN97 meets all environmental requirements provided for by law ,both at the structure stage execution and in the longer run during the exploitation finish.
Project realization has contributed, in the first place, to the implementation of eco-development idea in the field of environmental protection and reasonable management of natural resources:
- During tender procedure for the new rolling stock all potential producers were bound by European Union requirements regarding environmental protection;
- The vehicles are adjusted to higher voltage which results in smaller power consumption and thus saving energy of rolling stock;
- Replacing old and exhausted rolling stock with a new one will improve acoustic climate of the areas along the railway lines;
- During exploitation of the new rolling stock there will not be much waste – the same waste groups are expected to appear but in smaller quantities thanks to new non-waste equipment and technology installed in the new rolling stock. Waste of used materials will be limited: waste from frictional pairs e.g. brakes (break implants and contact covers on pantographs) and leakage of oil and grease of vehicles. Waste of banned materials shall be excluded (asbestos);
- Due to a small scale of works applying only to the replacement of the old stock with the new one, air quality standards will not be exceeded. The standards will not be exceeded, either, during the exploitation of the new rolling stock;
- Planned undertaking will not have an impact on the current landscape. During exploitation phase there will not be any change in shape of the area because the undertaking applies to readymade mobile equipment like rail carriages, engine, wagons and motor gang cars. There will not be any significant impact on plants and animals world. The exploitation of the new rolling stock will not deteriorate life conditions of animals in the area of the railway. It will not collide with natural animal channels and will not disturb conditions of protected settlements including areas Nature 2000.
5. Supporting intelligent and balanced development counteracting social exclusion
Electric traction units series EN97 adjusted to needs of disabled passengers: wagon entrances are wide enough (1300 mm), all entrances are situated at the level of a lowered floor – compatible with a platform height, and inside there is special space to transport wheelchairs. Furthermore audiovisual system of passenger information installed onboard will have a positive impact on decreasing exclusion of deaf and blind people – the system will provide them with a better access to WCR services.
The old rolling stock of series EN94 did not possess any of those conveniences, thus the investment is a vital change in access to public railway transport for disabled people and those with limited mobility skills.