POLISH operator PCC Intermodal has awarded two contracts to supply seven new locomotives, as part of the country’s push towards a more competitive and low-carbon economy.

The operator signed a contract with Alstom for four new Traxx MS3 multisystem locomotives, with an option for another locomotive, together with the provision of full maintenance service. The contract covers the manufacture and certification of the locomotives, the training of PCC Intermodal staff and the provision of full maintenance service.

The locomotives will be used on cross-border operations between Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, with all four locomotives entering service before the end of 2022.

“The contract with Alstom under which PCC Intermodal orders four multimodal locomotives is the next step ahead to develop a regular network of intermodal connections,” says PCC Intermodal vice-president, Mr Adam Adamek. “Efficient railway modes are the key element to improve the service quality, enabling to face up the transport market demand and requirements.”

PCC Intermodal has also signed a contract with Pesa, Poland, for three electric 111E-Gama locomotives to be used for national services from the ports of Gdańsk and Gdynia. The contract includes the supply of the vehicles, servicing and certification for operation in Poland.

“We are very pleased that the tender for the delivery of locomotives was met with great interest from manufacturers, and that finally the Polish producer submitted the most advantageous offer,” Stefański says. “We believe that the experience and quality of Pesa products will help us in the further development of intermodal transport system in Poland and we can move more and more loads from roads to rail in the most efficient way.”

“With the signing of the contract successfully done, we look forward to a years’ time when we can start operations with 111E-Gama locomotive,” Adamek says.

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