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 systems, LCD 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.