PKP Cargo has completed the purchase of multi-system locomotives and wagons for intermodal transport.

PKP Cargo has completed the purchase of multi-system locomotives and wagons for intermodal transport.
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For this purpose, the company received EU funds in the amount of approximately €55 million.

The company has added five multi-system electric locomotives and 220 wagons to its fleet. The container transport platforms were supplied by a consortium of Greenbrier Group companies: Wagony Świdnica and ASTRA RAIL Industries. They are wagons of the Sggrss series with a loading length of 80 feet. The five locomotives were manufactured and supplied by Siemens. This rolling stock will be used for intermodal transport in international traffic.

"The locomotives and wagons will enable us to send intermodal trains from Poland to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia or Hungary. In Poland, the majority of intermodal transport is transit transport and therefore this investment has significantly improved the operational capabilities of our company," said Marek Olkiewicz, PKP CARGO S.A. Board Member for Operations.

The value of the purchase and wagons totalled approximately PLN 243.5 million, including EU funding - based on an agreement concluded in 2018 with the Centre for EU Transport Projects - which amounted to over PLN 92 million.

"As a result, the competitiveness of our company on the international rail transport market has increased, which is of great importance in the context of the development of transport in the Tri-City area. This direction is one of the pillars of PKP CARGO's development strategy," adds Marek Olkiewicz. He also points out that investment in intermodal rolling stock improves the competitiveness of rail transport compared to road transport.

Marek Olkiewicz also recalls that in 2022 the company completed another intermodal project, the purchase of 936 Tatravagonka platforms: "Container transport is the most developing and promising branch of rail transport. It is true that the war in Ukraine caused a decline in this segment of rail transport in 2022, but in the long term container transport will take an increasing share of Poland's workload at the expense of rail transport of bulk goods, mainly coal, whose transport will decrease due to the decarbonisation process of the Polish and EU economies," he concluded.

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