ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION SIGNS A CONTRACT FOR THE SUPPLY OF METRO TRAINS FOR WARSAW
Škoda Transportation ceremonially signed a purchase contract today in Warsaw for the supply of up to 45 six-car metro trains for the Polish capital. The total value of the contract may be almost 8 billion crowns.
"I am pleased that our victory in one of the largest tenders in Europe has been confirmed. We've waited for the result for over two years. We have succeeded in strengthening our position in the important Polish market, where we also supplied trams for Wrocław or traction equipment for trolleybuses and trams for Lublin and Krakow,” says Chairman of the Board and President of the Škoda Transportation group, Petr Brzezina, adding: “In designing the trains we paid great attention to the comfort features, which will make traveling even more comfortable. In Warsaw they can look forward to a sufficient number of comfortable seats and a modern, clear external and internal audiovisual information system, and both front cars will be equipped with space for disabled people, with a room for a stroller and a bicycle in each car." Škoda Transportation won the tender over competitors from the world's largest manufacturers of rail vehicles. The contract also includes spare parts supply, a simulator, extended warranty and training. The basic delivery will contain 37 metro trains, with an option for a further eight trains.
Great emphasis was placed on the safety and comfort of passengers and operators in the development and design of the metro trains. The trains are designed according to EN and UIC standards and meet the latest technical knowledge and requirements in the field of fire safety as well. The trains ensure safe operation with minimal operating costs. Škoda Transportation cooperates with Czech and Polish universities and engineering offices on the development of modern metro trains.
“The new six-car trains for Warsaw can hold up to 1,500 passengers. Their maximum speed will be 90 km/h. The interior is designed to create a pleasant environment for passengers. The materials used are resistant to normal wear and tear and are easy to clean. The vehicles will naturally meet the latest safety standards and will also be equipped with a camera system with recording,” adds Zdeněk Majer, Member of the Board of Directors and Senior Vice President of Sales of the Škoda Transportation group.