Under the framework contract signed in 2021, České dráhy has ordered 33 additional Pesa DMUs which will operate the Hradec Králové rail network.
The PLN 514 million (EUR 112 million) contract is the second order under the framework agreement signed in 2021 for the supply of 160 2-car DMUs.
“We will introduce modern trains that meet all requirements for comfortable travel of the 21st century to the regions. We will keep the promise as we have committed to in the agreements with the regional self-governments,” Ivan Bednárik, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of ČD said.
The new trains will be equipped with ETCS, air conditioning, modern audio video information system providing information about the train journey and stops to all passengers, including blind, partially sighted or deaf persons. The train set interior will be equipped also with information plates in Braille for blind and partially sighted passengers.
The diesel multiple units are designed to offer a spacious interior with 115 seats, Wi-Fi connection and charging sockets for electronic devices. The trains will have well-arranged interior with ergonomically designed upholstered seats in the versions for the 1st and 2nd classes. They are designed to provide sufficiently large areas for placement of baby carriages, bicycles and transport of people in wheelchairs.
The barrier-free trains will provide increased access without necessity of overcoming steps at the platform, and for passengers in wheelchairs they will be equipped with a platform for bridging the area between the platform and the car floor, while an additional telescopic step will facilitate boarding at stops with lower platforms.
The new Pesa DMUs feature modern safe sliding plug doors controlled by buttons, centrally closed and locked already before the train departure and for blind and partially sighted passengers the front door of the unit will be equipped with a remote control responding to a radio for blind people and also with an acoustic beacon.
In total, Pesa will deliver České dráhy 66 diesel multiple units ordered until now worth over PLN 1 billion (EUR 217.85 million).
Pesa will provide the national Czech rail operator with new generation diesel trains dedicated to regional lines, similar to those operated by ČD Links (RegioShark trains). The vehicles from the first call will operate in the Central Bohemia, Pardubice, South Bohemia, Vysočina and Prague regions.
České dráhy already operates two-car diesel units of the series 844 manufactured by Pesa known as RegioShark operating in the Ústí, Liberec, Karlovy Vary, Plzeň, Pardubice and Zlín Regions.