POLAND: Suburban operator SKM Warszawa has awarded Newag a contract to supply 21 electric multiple-units by November 30 2022.

The order covers 15 trainsets between 85 and 95 m in length and six between 70 and 77 m long. They will be used to increase capacity on SKM’s network, with ridership having increased 16.5% year-on-year to reach nearly 22·05 million passengers in 2019.

The EMUs will be accessible for passengers with reduced mobility, and equipped with air-conditioning, CCTV, a modern passenger information system, ticket vending machines, wi-fi, USB charging points and a defibrillator.

Newag bid 667·9m złoty for the contract, which includes a 48-month warranty period, staff training and seven years of maintenance.

‘Today we can officially confirm that Newag will provide new vehicles’, said Alan Beroud, President of the SKM management board, on February 27. The tender requirements had which included a minimum annual turnover of 50m złoty, delivery of at least eight EMUs at least 70 m long in the last five years and experience of the provision of support services.

In October 2019 SKM cancelled a 310·5m złoty contract signed in May 2018 for Pesa to supply eight five-car and five four-car Elf2 EMUs, citing the supplier’s failure to meet the delivery deadlines. SKM said the delivery schedule had been one of the more important criteria in its selection of Pesa over Newag, the manufacturer had committed to delivery of the first 10 trainsets by the end of 2019 but failed to meet this deadline.

  • SKM will also lease two 14WE EMUs from Industrial Division for use on route S1 until the end of 2021, with an option to extend the lease to the end of 2022. These units will be equipped with ticket vending machines and validators before entering service with SKM.