CZECH Railways (ČD) has agreed a Koruna 2.8bn ($US 125.7m) contract with Pesa for the manufacture and delivery of 33 two-car DMUs, which will operate regional services in the Hradec Králové region. They will be delivered in 2024-2026.

The DMUs are part of a framework agreement signed by ČD and Pesa in February which allows the operator to purchase up to 160 DMUs for a total of Koruna 13.6bn. This is the second order of trains from that agreement, following the initial order for 33 DMUs placed in February.

The trains will be equipped with ETCS and will be similar to the Link RegioShark DMUs currently operated by ČD in the Ústí, Liberec, Karlovy Vary, Plzeň, Pardubice and Zlín regions.

The trains will seat 115 passengers across first and standard class, and will feature spacious interiors, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, folding or tilting tables depending on seat layout, power sockets, an audio-visual passenger information system, a fully accessible toilet complete with baby-changing facilities and ergonomically designed seats. There will be additional space for luggage, as well as prams and wheelchair users, and the toilets will use a closed system to allow them to be used in stations.

Funding for the DMUs is via operating contracts. The first tranche on order will operate in the Central Bohemian, Pardubice, South Bohemian and Vysočina, as well as in Prague, from the introduction of the 2023 timetable.

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