April 15, 2016

ČD plans $US 451m investment in new rolling stock

Written by  Mykola Zasiadko
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ČD plans $US 451m investment in new rolling stock ČD

CZECH Railways (ČD) announced on April 14 that it has launched three international tenders for new rolling stock with a total value of around Koruna 10.8bn ($US 451m).

The first tender is worth around Koruna 4.6bn and calls for the supply of 20 dual-voltage (3kV dc and 25kV 50Hz ac) inter-city EMUs for use on domestic routes. The 160km/h trains will be accessible for passengers with reduced mobility and equipped with air-conditioning, power sockets, and passenger Wi-Fi.

The second tender has an estimated value of Koruna 4bn and covers the acquisition of 30 140km/h DMUs, with a similar interior specification to the EMU order.

The third tender concerns the purchase of 50 locomotive-hauled coaches for InterCity and EuroCity services, which will have a maximum speed of at least 200km/h. The new fleet will primarily be used on the Prague - Brno - Bratislava – Budapest corridor. The estimated value of the contract is around Koruna 2.2bn.

  • ČD also announced on April 13 that it is planning to invest Koruna 168m in the interior refurbishment of its fleet of class 680 Pendolino tilting EMUs. The work will be carried out in 2017-2018.

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