KD says it will tender for 11 trains, including six three-car bi-mode trains with capacity to seat 320 passengers, and five five-car EMUs with capacity to seat 550 passengers. The initial order will be worth up to Zlotys 280m ($US 70.7m), with Lower Silesian Voivodship guaranteeing a loan for the fleet, while the European Union will also co-finance Zlotys 85.1m of the costs.

The tender will include an option for up to 10 additional bi-mode trains and 20 extra electric trains.

“Using the option we will increase our fleet by 75%,” says KD president, Mr Damian Stawikowski. “This historic investment, which we estimate at over Zlotys 1bn, is the largest in the history of our region.”

KD says it expects the first trains to be delivered by mid-2022, with the fleet entering service at the start of 2023.

The bi-mode trains will be used for Trzebnica - Wrocław - Sobótka - Świdnica services, which will be launched following the completion of renovation work on the line. The electric trains will run on two routes: Jelcz Laskowice - Wrocław Wojnów - Wrocław Główny and Jelcz Laskowice - Siechnice - Wrocław Główny - Oleśnica.

KD carried nearly 14.1 million passengers in 2019, up 2.4 million compared with 2018.

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