UKRAINIAN Railways (UZ) has issued a tender for the purchase of 44 passenger coaches for overnight services following approval by the government. UZ estimates the cost at Hryvni 1.95bn ($US 52.8m) and needs to receive the coaches by the end of 2025.

The order will comprise 20 compartment coaches, nine first class (SV) cars, three coaches suitable for carrying disabled passengers, with nine coaches in reserve.

The new vehicles will make it possible to form up to three rakes of coaches for Night Express services. Each train will be formed of six or seven compartment coaches, three SV cars and a coach for passengers with disabilities.

The new rakes of coaches will improve the quality of Night Express services, which are normally formed only from coupe and SV cars. The reserve coaches will enable UZ to extend the length of trains to cope with demand.

The new coaches will be equipped with vacuum toilets, baby changing tables, sockets and USB ports for fast charging of electronic devices, information screens, and coffee makers.

In addition, compartment doors will be fitted with an alarm system and a door lock button for greater passenger security. The trains will also have CCTV.

The coaches for transporting passengers with disabilities will have lifting platforms for use by passengers in wheelchairs when boarding and alighting at stations.

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