The trains will be a mix of EMUs and battery-electric hybrid trains for use on partially electrified lines. The trains will replace existing diesel fleets and the procurement is part of LTG’s plan to reduce its environmental impact, and will help to cut total CO2 emissions by around 69% per year.
The new trains will also be adapted to accommodate for passengers with specific needs, such as families with babies, people with reduced mobility and the elderly.
The decision to acquire the fleet followed market consultation carried out in the summer of 2020, which confirmed the viability of a fully electric fleet.
“We plan to procure new trains without pollution, in line with the direction of the European Green Deal and the company’s long-term strategy to improve the passenger experience and the consistent growth of rail passengers, says Mr Linas Baužys, CEO of LTG Link.
“At present, the ecological motive when choosing a vehicle is not yet a strong incentive in Lithuania, but we must not wait for people’s attitudes to change and take the lead.”
For an in-depth feature on Lithuania’s railway development plans, see the November 2020 edition of IRJ, p20, or click here.
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