Twenty high speed trains costing an estimated 100 million złoty each, will not be able to operate properly in Poland – because the railway lines are not up to the job.
National rail operator PKP has ordered the new Pendolino trains for the Warsaw-Gdańsk and Warsaw-Kraków lines. The trains, which will be delivered by 2014, are capable of speeds of up to 230km an hour. But they will be limited to 200km per hour because track modernisation will not be carried out in time.
On the Gdańsk line it will be 160km/h. The new trains will, however, cut journey times between the cities. Passengers will be able to travel from Warsaw to Gdańsk in just under three hours, and to Kraków in just under two and a half hours.