The strategy calls for the modernisation of 455 coaches and the purchase of 55 new vehicles by 2020. PKP Intercity also plans to purchase 30 electric and 10 diesel-electric locomotives and modernise a further 20 EU/EP07 elecitric locomotives, which will be upgraded for 160km/h operation.

“The new strategy is primarily a response to the dynamic development of the transport market and the need to build a competitive advantage against other carriers,” says PKP Intercity board member Mr Jaroslaw Oniszczuk. “The impact of the Fourth Railway Package on the rail market will undoubtedly create challenges because we want to attract passengers on comfort and quality, not just price. This is why we are concentrating on the renewal of our train fleet.”

In 2015 PKP Intercity completed a Zlotys 5.5bn fleet investment programme which included the acquisition of 20 new ED160 Flirt EMUs from Stadler, 20 Pesa ED161 Dart EMUs, and 20 ED250 Pendolino sets from Alstom.