České dráhy to order up to 120 new regional trains
Czech rail operator České dráhy (ČD) has launched a competitive procurement for up to 120 new trains. The trains will be used to operate regional services. The total expected value is 14.8 billion Czech koruna (575.5 million Euros).
According to ČD, the trains would be used to operate regional services. These are due to be tendered next year when the country opens up its rail market to competition in accordance with EU rules. These trains will be designed to have a maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour. In operation, up to 3 units can be combined into one train controlled by one driver with a capacity of 720 seating positions.
Air conditioning and power sockets
ČD plans to order up to 60 electric multiple units with capacity for up to 240 seated passengers with the ability to operate under both the 3 kV DC and 25 kV 50 Hz AC electrification systems. The total expected cost is 9.7 billion Czech koruna or 377 million Euros. The remaining budget will be spent on an additional 60 trains, intended for both regional and interregional services. These will have a capacity for 120 seats and have a maximum operating speed of 120 kilometres per hour. Both new fleets will have to be compatible with ETCS signalling systems.
“Our new trains offer comfortable travel to all customers, whether they are going to work, school, entertainment, sports, or whether they are a disabled passenger. They will be wheelchair-accessible, air-conditioned, and passengers will find power sockets for powering mobile phones and other electronics, Wi-Fi internet access, pram and bikes,” said Miroslav Kupec, a member of the Board of Directors of ČD, responsible for the engineering, service and property department.