Stadler Polska will deliver 20 FLIRT EMUs to the Lodz Agglomeration Railway

Stadler Polska, a Polish subsidiary of Stadler Rail Group, a leading system supplier of customer-specific solutions for rail vehicle construction, has signed an agreement for the delivery of 20 FLIRT EMUs with the Łódź Agglomeration Railway (ŁKA). The agreement also covers 15 years of maintenance from the time the trains are delivered to the operator. The total value of the contract amounts to over PLN 510 million gross (PLN 382.6 million for the delivery of 20 vehicles and PLN 128.1 million for the technical maintenance). Stadler will deliver to the Łódź operator the latest generation of FLIRT trains, which ensure low operating costs, especially in terms of energy usage. The trains for ŁKA will be produced in the Stadler Polska facility located in Siedlce, in the Mazovia region. As a result of the contract signed with the Łódź operator, the number of FLIRT trains sold worldwide by the Stadler Rail Group will exceed 800 vehicles.

The first 6 FLIRT trains will be delivered to ŁKA by the end of April 2014. The next 10 vehicles will arrive in Łódź by the end of October 2014 and the remaining 4 units will be handed over to the railway operator at the end of February 2015. The investment is part of the “Construction of the Łódź Agglomeration Railway System” project co-financed by the European Union, aimed at creating a rail network covering the Łódź agglomeration. EMUs from the FLIRT family have been providing passenger services in the Mazovia and Silesia provinces in Poland since 2008.

“The Łódź Agglomeration Railway signifies a new quality of travelling in the Łódź province. It is a significant part of the transport network in the region, benefiting all the residents. The railway will connect the capital with other cities in the Łódź province, which will be convenient for employees and students, and advantageous for business, trade, services and cultural institutions,” said Witold Stępień, Marshal of the Łódź province.

“Winning the tender for the delivery of trains for the Łódź Agglomeration Railway is very important for Stadler Polska. This is the first contract for the delivery of trains signed by Stadler’s Polish subsidiary, which in only five years of operation has gained competence in rail vehicle production allowing the company to take part in tenders on its own. We are happy to once again be able to offer passengers in Poland our reliable, innovative and comfortable FLIRT vehicles. The order will be carried out by our facility in Siedlce, in the Mazovia region,” said Christian Spichiger, CEO of Stadler Polska.

“The tender organized by the Łódź operator is very important to us also because for the first time in Poland not only the price of the vehicles has been taken into account in the tender criteria but also their long term operational costs. Looking at the tender’s results, we can pride ourselves on our huge competitive advantage in this area. We hope that operational costs will be taken into consideration also in other tenders, as in the whole life cycle of a train they often exceed the purchasing price,” said Stanisław Skalski, Member of the Management Board of Stadler Polska and Sales Director of Stadler Rail Group.

Technical parameters of FLIRT trains ordered by ŁKA

FLIRT trains for ŁKA are well sound-proofed ensuring comfort of travel even on longer distances. They are constructed from modern and light aluminum alloys. It is the latest generation of vehicles from the FLIRT family, which meet the highest travelling safety and environmental protection standards. Stadler Polska has offered ŁKA 20 45.7-metre long two-unit FLIRT trains weighing approximately 90 tons, which will travel at top speeds of 160 kph. These modern vehicles will accommodate 254 passengers and will be equipped with 120 seats, air-conditioning and an interior monitoring system, which will assure high levels of comfort to the passengers. As part of the passenger information system the vehicles will have LCD screens and a loud speaking system allowing the driver to make announcements from his cabin. Additionally, this will be the first series of trains in Poland equipped with the European Train Control System 2 (ETCS 2) (including signaling in the driver’s cabin), which assures higher safety.

The vehicles will meet all the requirements of ŁKA concerning accessibility for the disabled. This will be possible thanks to functional solutions in the construction of the train’s interior which ensure ample space and comfort to passengers and the option to transport big pieces of luggage as well as bikes.

A significant advantage of these environment friendly vehicles is their efficient energy consumption which translates to lower running costs. The trains will use less energy per passenger than previous versions of FLIRT. Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna values this aspect as it was looking for reliable trains which guarantee low operating costs in the long term.

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Source : Stadler

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