AUSTRIAN Federal Railways (ÖBB) has issued a tender for up to 540 EMUs, as the operator faces delays in the delivery of up to 300 EMUs ordered from Bombardier, now part of Alstom.

The 46 Talent 3 sets ordered from Bombardier were due to be delivered in 2019 and 2020, but are still awaiting approval which could take another year. In February, ÖBB cancelled a tender released in December 2020 for up to 100 EMUs, instead publishing a tender for a framework agreement to supply up to 46 single-deck, 160km/h EMUs. This tender has again been cancelled, with ÖBB now looking to lease four 150m-long EMUs or 25 coaches as a temporary measure.

The latest tender calls for a framework agreement for up to 270 103m-long EMUs and up to 270 73m-long EMUs, both with a maximum speed of 160km/h. The 10-year contract includes an option for maintenance.

Options from the framework agreement may be called by ÖBB’s passenger division, as well as City Airport Train, Graz-Köflach Railway and South Tyrolean Transport. Bids must be submitted by June 11.

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