PKP Intercity Planning To Use Railcars Equipped With Variable-Gauge System On Routes To Ukraine

03 March 2017 17:31

The PKP Intercity railway company (Poland) intends to modernize railcars equipped with the SUW-2000 variable-gauge system and use them on trains to Eastern European countries, including Ukraine. This will significantly reduce travel time, the company’s Director Marek Chraniuk said.

"We want to re-activate this system to enable passengers to reach Ukraine, for example, even faster. Trains made up of wagons equipped with SUW-2000 will operate from Przemysl to Lviv and Kyiv,” Chraniuk said in an interview to InfoRail.

As the CFTS reported, Ukrzaliznytsia has temporarily abandoned the use of railcars equipped with the SUW-2000 system on the Lviv-Wroclaw route. As a result, the travel time has increased by 1.5 hours.

The SUW-2000 system was installed at the Mostiska station in 2003. This system has a competitor developed by the Spanish company Talgo. The Russian Railways has been using the Spanish system on the Moscow-Warsaw-Berlin route since 2015.