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Czech Railways plans rolling stock tenders worth EUR 400 million

Czech Railways (ČD) plans to launch three tenders worth approximately CZK 10.8 bn (EUR 400m) for the acquisition of new rolling stock.

The operator intends to purchase 20 dual-voltage (3kV dc ; 25kV 50Hz ac) electric multiple units estimated at CZK 4.6 bn. The 160 km/h EMUs will enter operation on domestic routes and will be equipped with modern audio-visual information systemsLCD monitors, 230 power sockets and USB connectors for small electronic devices, WiFi, bike racks. ČD is preparing for the opening of the long-distance passenger rail transport market in the Czech Republic and increased competition in the long distance service segment.  

ČD will also sign a CZK 4 billion framework contract for the purchase of 30 DMUs. The 140km/h two – and three-car train sets, with a minimum capacity of 120, respectively 180 seats, will enter operation on non electrified domestic routes. 

The last tender concerns the purchase of up to 50 passenger wagons for international long-distance transport, hauled by locomotives at speeds of at least 200 km/h. The value of the tender is estimated at CZK 2.17 billion. The rolling stock will be used for InterCity/EuroCity services, with the majority to be introduced on Prague – Brno – Bratislava – Budapest route.

All contracts will also include the provision of spare parts. 

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