UZBEKISTAN Railways has signed a contract worth €320m with Škoda Group for the supply of 30 four-car broad-gauge EMUs.

Uzbek transport Minister, Mr Ilkhom Makhkamov and his Czech counterpart, Mr Martin Kupka, signed the contract during an event held at Škoda’s headquarters in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on October 11. Uzbek prime minister, Mr Abdulla Aripov, was also in attendance.

The train will be based on 1520mm-gauge vehicles supplied to Estonia and Latvia. The air-conditioned trains will be equipped with onboard Wi-Fi, ergonomic seating and an external and internal CCTV system to enhance security. They will also feature a partial low-floor design to offer full accessibility for all passengers.

Production of the trains will take place at Škoda’s plant in Ostrava with partial assembly taking place in Uzbekistan. The project is financed by Czech banks with the support of the national Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP).

“With these cutting-edge trains, we are on the path to revolutionise our railways and enhance the overall passenger experience,” Aripov says. “This collaboration is just the beginning of a promising partnership. We recognise the great potential for Škoda in Uzbekistan.”

An artist's impression of the new EMU.

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