POLISH regional operator Koleje Mazowieckie has signed a €750m framework agreement with Stadler for the supply of up to 50 five-car Flirt EMUs, exercising the first two contract options for a total of 25 trains to be delivered within two years.

Including maintenance over 18 years, the framework contains four options for the purchase of 14, 11, 14 and 11 trains, the first two of which have now been exercised.

The new fleet is being co-financed with European Union (EU) funding within the framework of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan for Poland.

The five-car Flirt EMUs will each accommodate up 600 passengers, with seats for 279. The maximum speed is 160km/h and the new trains will be fitted with ETCS Level 2 onboard equipment.

A high proportion of the passenger accommodation is low-floor, facilitating access for passengers with reduced mobility or those travelling with bicycles or pushchairs. A wheelchair lift is also provided.

The EMUs will be equipped with air-conditioning, passenger Wi-Fi, and defibrillators.

Koleje Mazowieckie will deploy the new fleet on the following routes serving the Mazowieckie Voivodeship:

  • Warsaw - Dęblin - Skierniewice - Żyrardów - Pilawa
  • Warsaw - Radom - Działdowo - Ciechanów
  • Warsaw - Mińsk Mazowiecki - Łowicz - Sochaczew, and
  • Warsaw – Ostrołęka - Małkinia - Łochów - Tłuszcz.

The new trains will be built at the Stadler Poland plant in Siedlce, which was established to deliver a contract won by Stadler in 2006 to supply 10 Flirts to Koleje Mazowieckie and four for Silesia.

Under a framework agreement signed in 2018, the Siedlce plant delivered 61 Flirt EMUs to Koleje Mazowieckie between 2020 and 2023. The Koleje Mazowieckie Flirt fleet now comprises 10 four-car and 61 five-car trains.

“We are gradually replacing and modernising the fleet, building modern technical facilities, and working on launching new routes,” says Mr Wiesław Raboszuk, vice-marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship.

“Increased production at the Siedlce plant means continued development of the site in Poland as well as further orders for numerous local partners and suppliers,” says Mr Philipp Brunner, executive vice-president of the Central Europe Division at Stadler.

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