POLAND: Małopolskie voivodship signed a 300m złoty contract with Newag for the supply of 12 electric multiple-units on March 30. The Nowy Sącz based supplier beat Pesa to win the contract, which includes options for up to four more trainsets.

The first six EMUs from Newag’s Impuls family are due to be delivered by the end of November, for entry into service the following month. The other six are due to be delivered by February 15 2017. The initial six will comprise four five-car 45WE sets with 250 seats including 20 tip-up seats, and two four-car 31WE sets with 200 seats including 16 tip-up seats. Newag will also provide maintenance.

The air-conditioned trains will be equipped with wi-fi, sockets, an audio-visual passenger information system, ticket machines and a passenger counting system. They will have a maximum speed of 160 km/h and be fitted with regenerative braking.

All 12 EMUs will be owned by the voivodship and operated by regional passenger carrier Koleje Małopolskie. Małopolskie voivodship will apply for €42m in EU funding, and the voivodship budget and the railway fund will cover the remainder of the cost.