HUNGARIAN State Railways (MÁV-Start) has begun a revised market consultation for the procurement of 95 EMUs. The consultation replaces a preliminary market consultation launched in July 2023 for 80 EMUs, each with between 200 and 300 seats.

Recent changes in rail strategy adopted by the Ministry of Transport (ÉKM) require more trains, so MÁV-Start has increased the number of EMUs it intends to order. Siemens Mobility, Stadler, Alstom and Erősáram 2001/Končar were involved in the original consultation which closed last November.

A public tendering process is expected once the market consultation concludes, although it is currently unclear how the purchase of the trains, which will either be leased or bought outright, will be funded.

MÁV-Start is asking manufacturers to consider five variants based on train length and traction supply voltage:

  • maximum length 122m, minimum 300 seats: the most numerous type, for operation wholly within Hungary
  • maximum length 60m, minimum 100 seats: the smallest subclass, with ability to operate additionally in Croatia, Serbia and Romania
  • maximum length 85m, minimum 200 seats: for operation wholly within Hungary (26 units)
  • maximum length 85m, minimum 200 seats: for operation additionally in Croatia, Serbia and Romania (10 units), and
  • maximum length 85m, minimum 200 seats: for operation additionally in Austria and Slovakia (10 units).

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