POLAND: Metro Warszawskie has selected Siemens and Newag as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 35 six-car trainsets at a cost of 1·35bn złoty. Of these, 20 sets will be allocated to Line 2, construction of which has just begun, while the other 15 will supplement the Line 1 fleet. Deliveries will start in late 2012 for completion by the end of 2013.

The Siemens-Newag submission scored 100 points whilst a bid from Skoda Transportation and Wagonmash achieved 83·8 points. The CAF offer was rejected as it was deemed not to have fulfilled the tender specifications.

Siemens will deliver its new Inspiro design, developed in co-operation with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. The train will have a customised front end, wide intercar gangways — a first for Warszawa Metro — wooden seats, and illuminated grab rails in the shape of a tree. The vehicles are expected to be 97·5% recyclable.

The first 10 trainsets will be built in Germany but the rest will be manufactured in Newag’s Nowy Sącz plant; Newag will be responsible for 30% to 35% of the contract scope. Around 40% of the components will be sourced in Poland.