A consortium between Škoda Transportation and ŽOS Trnava has secured a €160 million rolling stock deal with Slovak Railways (ZSSK).
The contract will see the pair supply 25 RegioPanter EMUs for regional operation on all of the electrified lines in Slovakia.
Two versions of the EMU will be provided, the first one will be 80m with a capacity of 247 seats, and the second will be 106m with a capacity of 343 seats. Both will travel at speeds of up 160km/h.
They will have wide doors, a fully walk-through modern interior without internal doors for smoother passenger flow as well as air conditioning, wi-fi, charger points and toilets that are accessible for disabled passengers.
Skoda Transportation chair Tomáš Ignačák said: “For several years our double-deck electric units have been successfully operating on Slovakian railroads along with push-pull units and modern locomotives.
“Moreover, our trolleybuses and trams are also transporting passengers in Slovak cities, which is why we’re very pleased that we were able to succeed in this very challenging competition and that we can follow our previous deliveries.”
ZSSK CEO Philip Hlubocký said: “Modern electric units are truly essential for regional services in the area of Žilina and for our passengers.
“I’m therefore very pleased that we have successfully completed this important competition. We believe that the units will be of high quality and will operate reliably.
“We also already have a positive experience with similar units such as those that are to be supplied, and we can therefore expect a smooth delivery process and also for the units to maintain their quality.”
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