THE ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION GROUP WILL DELIVER A TOTAL OF 79 LOW FLOOR TRAINS FOR ČESKÉ DRÁHY
A large fleet of new trains from the Škoda Transportation group's workshop will help modernize the rolling stock of the Czech railways over the next four years. Škoda will gradually supply 79 units based on two concluded framework contracts for České dráhy. These are 50 two-car RegioPanter trains and 29 three-car trains of the same type. Important vehicle refurbishment helps meet higher passenger comfort requirements.
In the following years, passengers in the Olomouc, Moravian-Silesian and South Bohemian regions can look forward to the new low-floor RegioPanter trains from Škoda Transportation, which is part of PPF Group, where České dráhy will gradually deploy them in 2023 and 2024.
"RegioPanter trains contribute to significantly improving the quality of domestic rail travel. However, our modern, ecological and comfortable vehicles not only operate on the lines of many regions in the Czech Republic, but also in Slovakia and soon in Latvia. Thanks to new contracts at our plants in Plzeň and Ostrava, we are investing hundreds of millions in expanding and innovating production and also hiring more employees," says Petr Brzezina, Chairman of the Board and President of the Škoda Transportation group.
In the new vehicles, passengers will appreciate the comfortable interior, modern equipment, the possibility of comfortable transport of people in wheelchairs and space for strollers and bicycles. Compared to the previous RegioPanter trains, they have many technological improvements. They are equipped with a modern information system, Wi-Fi, cameras and the possibility of automatic train control, and they will be equipped with the most modern ETCS train protection equipment from the factory. The maximum speed of the trains is 160 km/h, and the first of a series of previously ordered two-car trains is currently undergoing tests at the VUZ test center.
"We concluded the first contract for the delivery of up to 50 trains with České dráhy in February 2019. Within this contract we are now producing two-car RegioPanter trains, which have 140 seats. The second framework agreement, up to 60 units of this kind, was recently concluded. From this new contract, České dráhy has already ordered 29 three-car units with a capacity of 234 seats. After the delivery of these newly ordered trains, a total of 167 modern low-floor Panther units will be in operation in the Czech Republic," adds Tomáš Ignačák, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Škoda Transportation group. Single-deck trains from Škoda are also successful abroad, and last week the first train out of a total of 25 trians supplied for ŽSSK was put into operation in Slovakia. Soon, similar low-floor trains will also be supplied for the Latvian Railways, specifically 32 pieces.
České dráhy is already operating dozens of these types of trains, namely 12 RegioPanter trains of the 440 series and 8 trains of the 640 series (both types are three-car), 17 trains of the 650 series (two-car) and 14 trains for long-distance transport InterPanter of the 660 and 661 series (three-car and five-car).