Has signed a framework deal
Czech state-run passenger carrier České dráhy (ČD) has signed a framework deal with local rolling stock maker Škoda Vagonka a.s. for the delivery of up to 11 electric multiple units (EMUs). The contract is worth some CZK 1.2 billion ($50 million).
Under the plan, the first two RegioPanter MUs are to be supplied to ČD by the end of this year, Petr Šťáhlavský, the company’s spokersperson, told local news agency ČTK.
“The first two units from the framework contract would operate on the line Ostrava - Mošnov, Ostrava Airport in the Moravian-Silesian region,” the spokesperson said.
The contract is scheduled to be completed within the next 48 months. The RegioPanter 650-class units are fitted with a total seating capacity of 147 passengers, of which nine seats are located in first class. The EMUs have a length of 53 metres, and are powered by 1,360 kW, which enables them to reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h, according to data released by the rolling stock producer.
The latest deal marks a second contract for the delivery of 650-class EMUs to ČD. The previous deal, signed in 2011, was for the supply of 19 trains between 2012 and 2014.
Based in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic’s eastern part, Škoda Vagonka is a subsidiary of Škoda Transportation. In addition to a wide range of EMUs, the manufacturer’s product portfolio includes locomotives, trams, metro cars, buses and trolleybuses, according to data from Škoda Vagonka. The firm’s production facility is ISO 9001 certified.
In 2013, ČD provided passenger transport services to some 169.3 million, according to figures from the company, a slight increase from 168.8 million a year earlier. The firm is operated by a workforce of some 25,000.
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