THE Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland has exercised an option with Newag to supply 29 Impuls EMUs, adding to the two trains initially ordered in September 2022. This follows an agreement with operator PKP SKM.

The total cost of the 31 trains is Zlotys 1.1bn ($US 256m). The European Union will contribute Zlotys 690m and the provincial government the remaining Zlotys 442m.

The new trains are needed to replace ageing vehicles and to cope with rising traffic. In 2022, more than 57 million passengers were carried in Pomerania, of which 43 million travelled on Tri-City SKM services. The marshall of Pomeranian Voivodeship, Mr Mieczyslaw Struk, expects traffic to surpass 60 million passengers this year. “Our region boasts the highest rail usage rate among Polish regions,” Struk says.

Two types of trains will be supplied. The 11 trains for regional services will each have 140 seats and accommodate about 440 passengers, whereas the 20 trains for urban services have room for 500 passengers and will have three doors per side on each coach instead of one or two doors on the regional trains.

The first eight trains will arrive in Pomerania before the end of 2023 with the final trains delivered in 2026.

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