České dráhy and Škoda Transportation signed a contract for the supply of 31 additional RegioPanter EMUs, exercising an option to the framework agreement signed in 2020. CZK 5 billion (EUR 203.2 million) is the value of the new trains which will be delivered in 2024 to replace the existing obsolete train fleet.
The barrier-free EMUs provide on-board Wi-Fi, air-conditioned compartments, space for prams, bicycles and wheelchairs, or the option of recharging mobile phones and other electronic devices. They will be equipped with the ETCS system, modern audiovisual information system and camera systems to increase the safety and security of passengers.
The new electric multiple units will benefit “a new generation of traction drive, which is more economical and safer, modern control system and due to the modern bogies, they are characterised by improved operation,” Tomáš Ignačák, the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Škoda Transportation explained.
The new 3-car trains will be designed to provide transport services in Prague, the Central Bohemian, Ústí nad Labem and Hradec Králové regions offering high comfort and capacity as well as modern amenities. They will operate on the rail routes from Prague via Kralupy nad Vltavou to Ústí nad Labem, on the lines from Hradec Králové to Chlumec nad Cidlinou, Týniště nad Orlicí and Chocně or to Jaroměř.
“In cooperation with public transport customers, we are continuing the announced massive renewal of our regional passenger train fleet,” Ivan Bednárik, the CEO of České dráhy said.
By ordering these RegioPanter EMUS, České dráhy exercised the remaining option from the contracts concluded in 2019 and 2020 covering the supply of EMU fleet with a total value of more than CZK 15 billion (EUR 609.6 million). After the delivery of the ordered trains, the fleet from the Panter family will grow to a total 147 regional units and 14 long-distance trains with a total railcar fleet of 463. In addition, ČD and awarded Škoda a five-year maintenance contract for RegioPanter and InterPanter trains.
The renewal and expansion of the train fleet is part of company’s 2030 strategy.