The funding, provided through the European Union (EU) Cohesion Fund, will also support the modernisation of SKM’s depot facilities.

SKM signed a contract worth Zlotys 667.9m ($US 160.5m) with Newag in April to supply 15 five-car and six four-car trains.

“This cohesion policy's major investment is totally in line with the EU’s top priorities aiming to offer citizens cleaner transport and raise territorial socio-economic development and cohesion,” says EU commissioner for cohesion and reforms, Ms Elisa Ferreira.

The EC says the new trains will complement the modernised railway around Warsaw and improve transport options for people living and working in the city. Encouraging people to switch to rail would also result in fewer cars on the road, contributing to a reduction in noise, pollution and traffic accidents, the EC says.

The new trains are expected to be delivered by December 2022, entering service by January 2023.

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