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Warsaw rolling stock orders draw worldwide bidders

Pesa 120Na Swing 3191 and 3221 (left) and Konstal-built 1311 at Stare Miasto in central Warsaw. While Pesa is the most recent supplier to the city, the Konstal trams date from the 1980s and ‘90s and are due for replacement. (Image credit: Martyn Janduła)

Five suppliers have submitted bids to Tramwaje Warszawskie to deliver 123 new low-floor trams to the Polish capital, with the consortium of Stadler and Solaris submitting the lowest bid of PLN2.2bn (EUR525m).

Tramwaje Warszawskie had set an expectation of PLN2.3bn (EUR550m) for its fleet replacement programme, co-financed by the European Union. The other bidders were Hyundai Rotem (PLN2.23bn/EUR532m) Škoda Transportation (PLN2.7bn/EUR645m), Pesa (PLN2.72bn/EUR649m), and Alstom Konstal (PLN3.4bn/EUR811m).

The firm order will comprise 85 double-ended and 18
single-ended vehicles, both 33m in length, together with 20 units of 24m. The contract includes options for a further 90 33m trams, divided equally between single- and double-ended variants.

Industry commentators have expressed surprise at the high bid price from Pesa, which has a long relationship with the city, having delivered 281 trams in recent years. The other big surprise is the low bid from Korean manufacturer Hyundai Rotem, which has a strong track record of railway and metro rolling stock but no tram or LRV orders in Europe – although it has delivered 38 low-floor vehicles for the Turkish city of Izmir, in consortium with local company Tüvasa. These trams were assembled in a facility in the Turkish city of Adapazari.

Deliveries for the main order are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2019, for completion by April 2021. Optioned vehicles would be required by the middle of 2023.

Metro Warszawskie has also launched a tender for 37 six-car metro trains to cope for expansion of the city’s second metro line and to replace 22 of its older Russian-built trainsets that are becoming life-expired and more expensive to maintain. An option exists for a further eight units.

The deadline for submitting bids is September 27.

Witold Urbanowicz details the major projects for Poland’s tramways under the current EU Multiannual Financial Framework on page 250.