New train tender to be launched
Hungary’s passenger carrier MÁV-Start has unveiled plans to acquire 21 electric multiple units (EMUs). Under the plan, the trains are to enter into service between late 2015 and early 2017, the company said in a statement.
The planned purchase is to be implemented with the use of co-funding from the European Union. MÁV-Start is aiming to launch a tender to acquire the EMUs in the first quarter of 2015, the statement said.
According to the released technical specification, the trains are to be fitted with a seating capacity of 200, and enabled with a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
The amount of the designed acquisition was not disclosed by MÁV-Start. The funds are to be obtained from the EU's Transport operational programme through the Hungarian Ministry of National Development, according to the statement.
The EMUs will be deployed to various suburban lines in proximity of the country’s capital Budapest, the Hungarian operator said.
In November 2012, MÁV-Start and local railway company GYSEV launched a joint tender to acquire a total of 46 EMUs. The deal was handed to Swiss manufacturer Stadler which recently delivered the first of the contracted FLIRT trains to Hungary.
MÁV-Start was set up in 2007 and is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. The firm is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MÁV Zrt., the country's state-run railways.
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