The contract includes an option for 34 additional vehicles and the base order is valued at around €250m, making it Škoda’s largest-ever international LRV order.

The 80km/h bidirectional metre-gauge LRVs will be based on the ForCity Smart platform produced by Škoda’s Finnish subsidiary Transtech, which is currently supplying similar vehicles for Helsinki and Tampere.

The base order for RNV comprises 31 30m-long vehicles, 37 40m-long vehicles and 12 60m-long vehicles.

The first vehicles will enter service in early 2021.