In September 2016 GySEV awarded a consortium of Stadler Bussnang and Stadler Poland a contract to supply 10 four-car articulated EMUs for regional services in western Hungary.

The 25kV ac 50Hz trains will complement GySEV’s existing fleet of 10 Flirt EMUs which currently operate on the Sopron - Szombathely - Szentgotthárd, Sopron - Győr and the Szombathely - Rajka lines. Szilárd says passenger numbers have increased dramatically on these routes since the introduction of the Flirts in 2014.

At 77.1m, the new trains are 2.8m longer than their predecessors and seat up to 208 passengers (compared with 200 on the existing Flirts), including 14 on folding seats. The 160km/h trains will be capable of operating in multiple with GySEV’s Flirt 1 sets, which have covered more than 6.1 million-km since entering service.

Deliveries will take place between March 2018 and January 2019. Bodyshells are being fabricated at Stadler’s Hungarian plant in Szolnok, with final assembly taking place at the company’s Siedlce facility in Poland.

“With the delivery of these trains, all of our regional services will be operated with modern EMUs, which is a huge step forward,” Szilárd says.

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