The Province of Pomorskie and NEWAG S.A signed a contract for the modernisation of four EN57 EMUs. The gross value of the contract is PLN 30 million (over EUR 7 million). The modernised trains will be delivered until the end of the year and will enter service on Gdynia-Elbląg-Olsztyn and Gdynia-Bydgoszcz routes.
“Modernisation of the four electric multiple units constitutes a part of a series of rolling stock investment projects implemented by the Province of Pomorskie such as rolling stock purchase to service the Pomerania Metropolitan Line (10 trains) and rolling stock purchase to service the Malbork – Grudziądz route (4 trains),” said Mieczysław Struk, Marshal of Pomorskie Province.
“We also plan further purchases of electric multiple units (34 items) and modernisation of the SKM rolling stock (21 trains) within the “Mobile Pomerania” regional strategic programme. All those actions aim at replacing the old rolling stock operated in our region with the new one. Thanks to such projects local residents will be able to use rail transport which is characterised by the latest technical solutions and is passenger– friendly”, stated the marshal.
The EMUs will be adapted to the needs of disabled passengers, passenger and staff compartments will be fitted with new, highly ergonomic seats with arm-rests made with damage-resistant (vandal-proof) materials. Each unit will be fitted with new, retention-tank toilets accessible to passengers with impaired mobility (TSI PRM compliant).
The modernised EN57 will have a modern passenger information system (exterior LED destination boards and LCD internal boards displaying the current route and train location) as well as the digital interior monitoring system with image recording. The passenger space, staff compartments and the driver’s cab are fully air-conditioned. The new EZ57 will have 168 seats, space for 2 wheelchairs and 6 bicycles.
The modernisation of the four EMUs is implemented within the project called “The purchase and modernisation of electric-drive passenger rolling stock to service inter-regional routes covering at least two provinces” co-financed by the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013 (the contract for co-funding was signed on 30 June, 2014). The project involves purchase and modernisation of eight electric multiple units. The rolling stock purchase (8 trains covered by the project) were implemented in the years 2010 – 2012, with four trains already modernised in the years 2011–2012. The total value of the project is PLN 70. 16 million and the co-financing amounts to PLN 40.44 million. This modernisation covers the last four trains under by the project.