PKP Intercity to install train wash facility
Polish long-distance rail operator PKP Intercity has ordered a train wash facility for its rolling stock. The new equipment will be delivered by Agat company by June 2020. It is the first train wash facility to be installed in Poland. PKP Intercity intends to install six more locations of this type.
The ordered train wash facility will replace the manual cleaning currently used by PKP Intercity. It will be installed at the Warsaw-Grochów railway station. Agat company as a contractor will construct the platform for the wash facility, install the tracks in it, design a power supply line and provide the washing equipment. The contract costs 7.4 million Zlotys (1.7 million Euros), 0.98 million Zlotys (0.23 million Euros) of them were allocated to PKP Intercity from the EU Cohesion Fund.
Focus on ecology
The acquisition of the train wash facility is a part of the PKP Intercity’s ecological investments. “Thanks to the use of many ecological solutions, the railway perfectly fits into the concept of sustainable development. The signed agreement is one of such examples and, at the same time, one of many elements of our long-term investment program, which assumes, inter alia, modernisation of the technical base in the spirit of proecological solutions. Such investments confirm that the railway is a green transport of the future,” said Marek Chraniuk, CEO of PKP Intercity. Besides the wash facility, the rail operator intends to invest 93 million Zlotys (around 22 million Euros) in increasing the efficiency of its shunting yards at Wrocław, Warsaw, Kołobrzeg, Gdynia, Przemyśl, Lublin, Kraków, Szczecin, Poznań. Also, the company plans to upgrade the railway sidings.