Stadler has sent from Valencia to Szentes, in Hungary, the first Citylink tram-train for MÁV Start, in a 9-day trip. The three-car train has arrived at the maintenance depot owned by Hungarian Railway Company MÁV.
The first unit will be followed by altogether 7 trains, and the batch of 8 units are expected to start commercial service between Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely in the south part of Hungary in the last quarter of 2021.
MÁV Start and Stadler signed a contract for the delivery of 8 bi-mode tram-train vehicles with an option for additional 4 units in May 2017, which was exercised in July 2020.
The new vehicles, which will connect without transhipments the tram networks of Szeged and Hódmezövásárhely, are going to be the first tram-trains in Hungary.
The objective of the project is to provide a high – quality public transport services for passengers commuting every day between the two cities.
The first batch consists of eight units, which will be followed by a second lot of additional 4 trains, which the customer MÁV-Start ordered last year as an option to the base contract.
The bidirectional and bi-mode Citylink tram-train is able to operate in electric mode under 600 V DC overhead on the tram networks in Szeged and Hódmezövásárhely, and in diesel mode on the mainline connecting both cities. The vehicles are designed to run at top speed of 100 km/h.
The new tram-trains have a capacity to carry 216 passengers, out of which 92 can be seated. The universal and accessible vehicles have been designed according to the latest safety standards.
The vehicles are low-floor throughout and barrier-free. Spacious interior with a high number of seats and four multi-purpose places for persons of limited mobility such as wheelchair users and parents with prams, full HVAC, CCTV and PIS systems are all features that will optimise the passenger travel experience.