On 12 July, 2012 the Marshal of the Mazovian Voivodeship, Adam Struzik, Deputy Marshal Krzysztof Grzegorz Strzałkowski and representatives of the Management of the Warsaw Commuter Rail signed the agreement on European subsidy to purchase 14 modern electric traction units. Eight of them are already at passengers’ disposal to travel, the remaining ones will be on rails by the end of this year. The total value of the project amounts to above 284.2 mln PLN; EU subsidy is above 109.6 mln PLN.
New vehicles mean more comfort for passengers. Interiors of trains are spatial, air-conditioned and adjusted to travels of disabled people, parents with young children and tourists travelling with their single track vehicles. The lowered floor facilitates getting on and out. For travelers safety the wagons are equipped with monitoring. New electronic ticket punchers were installed on board of trains.
– This is the next investment in the rolling stock of Warsaw Commuter Rail, Last month we signed the agreement on subsidy from the Polish Swiss Cooperation Programme for the purchase of six trains, and installing monitoring and passenger information system. The current agreement applies to next 14 modern EMU-s. The railway line has been modernized systematically. I believe that the finish of all investments will be a revolutionary change in the history of company’s activity – stressed Marshall Adam Struzik.
The trains will run on all Warsaw Commuter Rail lines. The WCR line runs from the station Warszawa Śródmieście WKD through Pruszków, Komorów and Podkowa Leśna to Grodzisk Mazowiecki with a branch to Milanówek.
The trains are supplied by „Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.” The first train started running with passengers on board in January, 2012. After the completion of so called monitored exploitation, when opinions of passengers were gathered, in February this year the train started running under the current timetable in force. By the end of March the consecutive supplies of remaining 13 vehicles started where the modifications filed by passengers are gradually implemented. All items will be supplied by the end of the 3rd quarter of 2012. Eight vehicles were delivered by the beginning of July. As a target they will replace fully the old vehicles series EN94, used since 1972.
– Replacement of the old rolling stock with the new one, modernisation of the railway line, shortening the travelling time, improved comfort and safety of passengers – are the main targets of the complex modernization of WCR lines started in 2010. The purchase of 14 modern trains is one of its most important issues – underlined Deputy Marshal Krzysztof Grzegorz Strzałkowski.
– We wish the Company further success, this time during implementation and settlement of the project. Equally important were activities undertaken so far to provide sources of funding for its realization – stressed the Member of the Management Board of Mazovian Voivodeship – Wiesław Raboszuk.
The vehicles are adjusted to power supply of the final value 3000V. In the transitory time – to the completion of the power supply system restructuring and increase of the voltage of the traction network on the WCR line – the trains will have access to the power supply of current value 600V.
– Traction units of series EN97 purchased by WCR are the first trains in their category adjusted to varied voltage of the power supply to the traction network – first 600V, and finally 3000V of the direct current. The full capacity of the rolling stock will be reached after the restructuring of power supply and increase of voltage, what will develop WCR offer within a dozen or so years – summed up the President of the Management Board of WCR, Grzegorz Dymecki.
The replacement of WCR rolling stock would not be possible without European funding. By the decision of the Management of the Mazovian Voivodeship of 2011 the investment was listed up as the key project of the Voivodeship. In May, 2011 the pre-agreement was signed which guaranteed the project with the funding of 109.6 mln PLN. The purchase was supplemented by the state subsidy of 7.3 mln PLN, the Railway Fund – 18.7 mln PLN and the credit provided by the European Investment Bank. The total value of the project is 284.2 mln PLN.