UKRAINIAN Railways (UZ) has extended the deadline for tenders for the largest rolling stock order since the country’s independence in 1991 with the decision on which company will build the 80 new suburban and regional trains now expected next year.

The deadline for the Hryvnia 31.4bn ($US 1.18bn) order for 30 25kV ac electric trains, 30kV dc suburban trains and 20 25V ac regional trains had been November 1, however this has been extended to December 1. UZ says the decision has been made in connection with the active interest of potential bidders, requests from the bidders to provide additional time to prepare tender documents and price proposals and the desire of UZ to provide comprehensive answers to questions from bidders.

UZ says it has invited Siemens, Stadler, Alstom, Pesa, Skoda, Kryukiv Carriage Plant and others to participate. The 80 trains are all due for delivery by 2026. 

The operator says that more than 90% of the existing suburban electric train fleet is life-expired meaning this new order is critical for the safety and comfort of passengers. 

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