The operator says it is looking to promote rail as the main form of long-distance transport in the country in order to reduce emissions in line with the goals of the European Green Deal, and is also planning to increase accessibility to rail by adding new services.  

“PKP Intercity is entering the new decade with the important task of completely transforming domestic passenger transport, heading towards the end goal of a modern railway with an intermediate, important goal of achieving climate neutrality,” says Mr Maciej Małecki, secretary of state in the Ministry of State Assets. “Huge investments that will be carried out during this time should provide a strong boost for the Polish economy and great opportunities for Polish companies with which our national carrier cooperates. It will be a decade that will be beneficial for everyone.” 

PKP Intercity is aiming to carry more than 74 million passengers in 2030, up from 46.1 million in 2018, and will achieve this by increasing the number of services by 64% from 120,000 services in 2021 to more than 196,000 in 2030.  

Infrastructure improvements will allow the introduction of hourly services on major routes including Warsaw - Białystok, Warsaw - Lublin, Warsaw - Radom - Kielce - Krakow, Warsaw - Częstochowa and Poznań - Szczecin, while  Warsaw - Łódź, and Krakow - Katowice - Wrocław - Poznań services will operate multiple times each hour. 

This will result in an 84% increase in train-km from 370 million in 2020 to 683 million by 2030. 

In order to support this increase in services, PKP Intercity plans to purchase a number of new fleets, including: 

  • 38 double-deck push-pull coaches and 45 multi-system locomotives with an operating speed of 200km/h 
  • more than 500 new coaches, with an operating speed of 200km/h 
  • the modernisation of nearly 500 coaches with operating speeds of between 160km/h and 200km/h 
  • 63 multi-system locomotives, along with an option for another 32, with operating speeds of 200km/h 
  • 16 electro-diesel hybrid locomotives, with a maximum speed of 160km/h in electric mode and 120km/h in diesel mode, and  
  • 20 hybrid multiple units with a speed of up to 160km/h. 

In the coming years, PKP Intercity will also work on developing a consistent timetable which will ensure a stable and predictable offer for passengers. 

“The coming years will show the incredible synergies which will be achieved thanks to the billions in investment which we have been carrying out for several years,” says Mr Krzysztof Mamiński, chairman of the supervisory board of PKP Intercity and CEO of PKP. “Modernised lines and stations and modern rolling stock will allow faster, more comfortable and safer journeys across Poland. The time of the pandemic has shown how important it is to have public utility services based on stable financing.”  

“This is an extremely important agreement, thanks to which passengers will benefit from a constantly growing offer of connections served by modern trains,” says PKP Intercity CEO, Mr Marek Chraniuk. “It is worth emphasising that in 2030 all PKP Intercity rolling stock will be new or modernised, which will ensure a high level of travel safety and comfort.” 

For detailed data on fleet orders from Poland and around the world, subscribe to IRJ Pro