ŠKODA WILL SUPPLY NEW TRAINS FOR THE SAINT PETERSBURG METRO
Pilsen/Saint Petersburg, December 4, 2017 - The carriage stock of Saint Petersburg Metro will be boosted by the new train NěVa, which will be supplied by OOO VAGONMAŠ, part of the Škoda Transportation Group. The company has succeeded in a tender for seven six-car trains. The contract is worth about four billion roubles, or almost 1.5 billion CZK.
“The present project follows two previous deliveries for St. Petersburg Metro. Seventeen of our state-of-the-art trains have already been in operation on the “green” Neva-Vasilyevsky Island line. The rolling stock features a high degree of availability. Currently, another seven trains will be added. The 24 metro trains made by Škoda will therefore be in operation in St. Petersburg,” says Tomáš Ignačák, Chairman of the Board of Škoda Transportation.
The deliveries of the new trains will begin before the end of 2018. Their completion is planned for the first half of 2019. The latest metro trains are manufactured according to the technologies and know-how of Škoda Transportation. “The new trains will be upgraded based on extensive experience with operation in St. Petersburg. For example, they feature a new type of doors equipped with electric drives and an automatic train control option, and they have special modifications to the interior for passengers with reduced mobility,” explains Václav Kozák, Area Sales Director of Škoda Transportation.
The rolling stock also uses a braking energy recovery system thanks to which the vehicles can save up to 25 per cent of electricity compared to the trains operated today. Safety for passengers and drivers is guaranteed by external and internal camera surveillance systems with data recording. Passengers are also assisted by the clear audio-visual information system.
The project history of the new metro dates back to 2007 when the prototype of the vehicle NěVa was developed. The train has also won a prestigious award for the best innovation project Saint Petersburg.
Škoda also has experience with the extensive modernisation of Prague Metro rolling stock. The modernisation included a total of 93 trains, the service life of which was extended significantly. Complete traction equipment has also been made by Škoda for metro trains in Budapest (Hungary), Kiev (Ukraine) and Kazan (Russia). Other trains are being supplied to the Chinese city of Suzhou. Furthermore, Škoda Transportation is currently taking part in a tender for the delivery of metro trains for the Polish capital city Warsaw.
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