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Czech Railways to launch tender for ten multiple units

Czech Railways to launch tender for ten multiple units

Czech Railways (ČD) will launch a tender for the purchase of ten low-floor multiple units for regional transportation in Prague and Central Bohemia areas.  The 120 km/h vehicles will have to be equipped with air-conditioning and will have a minimum capacity of 120 seats.  The first unit is expected to be delivered in 2019 and …

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SŽDC presents Praha-Veleslavín – Václav Havel Airport rail connection project

SŽDC presents Praha-Veleslavín – Václav Havel Airport rail connection project

Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) has presented the project for the modenisation and construction of Praha-Veleslavín – Václav Havel Airport rail connection, part of Praha-Kladno rail line.  The project includes the modernization, double-tracking and electrification of the existing 3.8 km single-track Prague Veleslavín – Prague Ruzyně section, the construction of a new 5.5 …

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Czech Railways buys long-distance passenger coaches from ÖBB

Czech Railways buys long-distance passenger coaches from ÖBB

Czech Railways (ČD) has purchased 47 long-distance passenger coaches from Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). The UIC Z1 coaches are equipped with air-conditioning, 230V power sockets, and can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h.   The coaches could service routes to Germany and Austria and also in the news future to Poland, after the …

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Czech Republic takes first step to create European hyperloop connecting to Slovakia

Czech Republic takes first step to create European hyperloop connecting to Slovakia

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced today the signing of an exploratory agreement with the city of Brno, Czech Republic. This agreement marks the immediate exploration of the feasibility for a Hyperloop™ system for the city with a focus on connecting Brno and Bratislava, Slovakia, with which HTT already holds a …

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Škoda Electric to supply traction equipment for São Paulo monorail

Škoda Electric to supply traction equipment for São Paulo monorail

Škoda Electric will supply traction equipment for ten five-car monorail vehicles to be delivered by Scomi Engineering for Line 17 – Gold São Paulo monorail project in Brazil. Last year, Scomi Engineering (Malaysia) and Skoda signed a cooperation agreement for the joint development of public transport and light rail vehicles.  “We see potential for other …

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CRRC intends to acquire Skoda Transportation

CRRC intends to acquire Skoda Transportation

China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) is negotiating the purchase of a 100% stake in Škoda Transportation, reports Lidovky publication. The acquisition deal builds on a previous long-term cooperation agreement between the two companies, maintained for several years through various projects. CRRC is currently assessing the financial situation of the Czech rolling stock manufacturer and …

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EU investigates predatory pricing practices of Czech Railways 

Czech Railways to launch tender for ten multiple units

The European Commission has opened an investigation to assess whether the Czech railway incumbent České dráhy, a.s. (ČD) charged prices below costs with the aim of shutting out competition in rail passenger transport services, in breach of EU antitrust rules.  “Competition drives prices down and service quality up. This is …

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Škoda Vagonka double-deck EMU to enter passenger operations trial in Lithuania

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Škoda Vagonka has delivered the first of three EJ 575 double-deck EMUs ordered by Lithuanian Railways. The new CityElefant EMU will enter passenger operations trial on Vilnius – Kaunas route. The new trains are intended for regular cross-border services between Vilnius and the Belarussian capital, Minsk. Delivery of the two remaining units is to be completed in Spring 2017. Lithuanian Railways …

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Hitachi Metals to introduce harness assembly lines for rolling stock cables in Czech Republic

Hitachi Metals to introduce harness assembly lines for rolling stock cables in Czech Republic

Hitachi Metals will introduce harness assembly lines for rolling stock wire and cables at its operation base in the Czech Republic in order to strengthen its system for offering solutions in the rolling stock cable business in Europe, with mass production planned to commence in October 2016. The company plans …

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Czech Railways reports improved profits in H1 2016

Czech Railways group’s net profit rose to CZK 375 million (EUR 13.8 million) in the first half of 2016 from CZK 102 million a year earlier. The increase was generated by growth in passenger transport revenue, as well as the sale of redundant assets and a better management of the rail freight transport …

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