Production of the first FLIRT train for Łódź Agglomeration Railway (ŁKA) begins
The first of the forty cars for FLIRT trains ordered from Stadler Polska by Łódź Agglomeration Railway (ŁKA) are now ready and awaiting further production stages in the producer’s Siedlce plant. The car bodies already bear the painted designs of the Łódź operator. The final assembly of the first train has also commenced, including installation of the roof, internal equipment and electrical components. It will be followed by equipping the train’s interior. Simultaneously, the production of electrical components is underway. The first complete compact BordLine® converters to be used in the new EMUs have been handed over at ABB’s Aleksandrów Łódzki plant. These are the best energy-efficient devices in their category, which will help maintain the vehicles’ reliability and ensure low operating costs. Once the final assembly of the cars has been completed, the car bodies will be connected and the multiple units will be put together. The vehicle will then be set in motion and testing will begin, first at the Siedlce plant and afterwards on test tracks.
“The production of FLIRT trains for Łódź Agglomeration Railway is progressing according to schedule in our assembly plant and the assembly of the first FLIRT train is well advanced. The first 6 FLIRT vehicles 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,” said Stanisław Skalski, Member of the Management Board of Stadler Polska and Sales Director of Stadler Rail Group.
Trains produced by Stadler Polska for ŁKA are the latest generation of the FLIRT family.
A significant advantage of these environment friendly vehicles is their efficient energy consumption, which directly translates into lower running costs. These modern, two-unit trains will reach a top speed of 160 kph and accommodate 254 passengers. They also offer
a number of solutions aimed at increasing passenger comfort, convenience and security, such as the option to transport large pieces of luggage and bicycles, a spacious toilet, air-conditioning and an interior surveillance system. The trains will also be equipped with LCD screens. Additionally, this will be the first series of trains in Poland equipped with the European Train Control System 2 (ETCS 2), which assures a higher level of safety.
Łódź Agglomeration Railway in the Łódź province was set up by its Marshal, Witold Stępień.
“This is one of the key projects we are now working on in the Łódź region. We are counting on ŁKA to enhance the accessibility of public transport, which will encourage and enable residents of the region to make more frequent use of public transport on their way to work or university. In this way, the railways of the Łódź area will be a key factor in fulfilling the economic, cultural and educational potential of the city and the whole region, and lead to its integration,” said Witold Stępień, Marshal of the Łódź province.
The cost of supplying 20 FLIRT trains to Łódź Agglomeration Railway is PLN 311,071,420. The investment is being co-financed by the European Union. The first vehicles operated by Łódź Agglomeration Railway will start regular services in the region on 15 June 2014.
“We are very satisfied with the pace of the work, as well as the quality of the first FLIRT train components produced for the Łódź Agglomeration Railway. Stadler Polska is once again proving its position as a leading rail vehicle supplier, giving us absolute confidence that our trains will set new quality standards on the tracks of the Łódź province,” assured Andrzej Wasilewski, President of Łódź Agglomeration Railway.
Łódź Agglomeration Railway is intensively preparing to launch its passenger services, now working on the train timetable, tariffs and internal transport regulations. The CEO of ŁKA, Andrzej Wasilewski, signed a letter of intent to enter the Joint Agglomeration Ticket project on 21 August 2013. From 1 September, joint tickets will be required on the buses and trams of MPK Łódź (Łódź City Transportation Company) and trains operated by Przewozy Regionalne (Regional Railways). On 15 June 2014, when Łódź Agglomeration Railway is launched, the offer will be expanded to cover ŁKA trains. In this way passengers will be able to purchase cheaper tickets in the Łódź region.
Łódź Agglomeration Railway
Łódź Agglomeration Railway (Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna) was established on 10 May 2010 by the Local Authority of the Łódź Region (Samorząd Województwa Łódzkiego) with the aim of providing passenger railway services across the region. To fulfil this objective, the operator is now carrying out the project “Development of the Łódź Agglomeration system”, co-financed by resources from the Cohesion Fund of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment. The project encompasses the purchase of 20 EMUs and the construction and maintenance of a depot facility. The value of the investment totals PLN 371,571,420.00 with a subsidy of PLN 193,180,160.00. Trains acquired by Łódź Agglomeration Railway will start regular services on 15 June 2014. Further railway connections will be launched subsequently by June 2015. ŁKA vehicles will run to Łowicz, Sieradz, Zgierz, Kutno and Koluszki.
The Stadler Polska plant in Siedlce was set up in 2007 after Stadler Bussnang AG received its first order from Poland for the delivery of fourteen FLIRT trains for the Mazovia and Silesia provinces (ten for Mazovia and four for Silesia) in June 2006. The company rented and modernised a facility in Siedlce owned by the Polish railway company PKP. As a result, all of the fleet ordered by Stadler’s Polish clients was produced in Siedlce. The official opening of Stadler’s rail vehicle assembly plant in Siedlce took place on 5 September 2007. Trains for railway operators from the whole of Europe are now being produced in Siedlce, and the company’s staff totals over 500 well-qualified employees. As at the end of June 2013, a total of 128 complete trains have been produced in the plant. Current orders include FLIRT trains for the Italian operator Südtiroler Transportstrukturen AG, Veolia Verkehr Regio GmbH from Germany and the Austrian-Hungarian operator GYSEV, as well as broad-gauge FLIRT vehicles for Elektriraudtee from Estonia and Belarusian Railways. Stadler Polska is also currently implementing the order for 20 FLIRT EMUs for Łódź Agglomeration Railway (ŁKA). The trains are to be delivered to the operator in the period 2014 – 2015.
Stadler Rail Group
Stadler Rail Group, system supplier of customer-specific solutions for rail vehicle construction, has locations in Switzerland (Altenrhein, Bussnang and Winterthur), in Germany (Berlin-Pankow, Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, Berlin-Reinickendorf and Velten), in Poland (Siedlce), Hungary (Budapest, Pusztaszabolcs and Szolnok), the Czech Republic (Prague), Italy (Meran) and Algeria (Algiers). The Group has a workforce of approximately 5,000 people. The best-known vehicle series of the Stadler Rail Group are the articulated multiple-unit train GTW (563 trains sold), the Regio-Shuttle RS1 (497 trains sold), the FLIRT (910 trains sold), the double-decker multiple-unit train KISS (170 trains sold) in the railway segment, the Variobahn (320 vehicles sold), and the newly-developed Tango (120 vehicles sold) in the tram segment. The Metro is another addition for the commuter rail market (2 + 34 vehicles sold). Stadler Rail also manufactures passenger carriages and locomotives and is the world’s leading manufacturer of rack-and-pinion rail vehicles.
For further information, please contact:
Łódź Agglomeration Railway (ŁKA)
Marta Markowska – Spokesperson,
phone: +48 42 278 78 70
mobile: +48 660 522 198
Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o.
phone: +48 22 623 07 00,
mobile: +48 535 222 013
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