Under Slovakia’s EUR 319 million rolling stock acquisition programme, the European Investment Bank has under appraisal a EUR 35 million loan to co-finance this project.
The project that may receive EIB financing consists of the acquisition of 25 electrical multiple units and 21 diesel multiple units for the replacement of obsolete rolling stock used currently in Slovakia, as well as the construction of a maintenance depot in Zvolen.
The new trainsets will be used to provide regional services around the cities of Žilina and Banská Bystrica.
In March, ŽSSK, the state-owned rail passenger operator awarded Škoda Transportation-ŽOS Trnava consortium a EUR 160 million contract for the supply of up to 25 RegioPanter EMUs which will be deployed on Žilina regional railway network. Under the contract, the consortium will deliver two versions of EMUs both being able to run at speeds of 160 km/h. The first one will have a length of 80m with a capacity of 247 seats and the second one will be 106m-long with a capacity of 343 seats.
In October, ŽSSK ordered from Stadler five GTW-type multiple units and a multifunctional rack-and-pinion / adhesion traction locomotive. The vehicles will be rolled out in 2022 on the rack-and-pinion and adhesion traction network for TEŽ’s metre-gauge electric mountain trains in the High Tatras, the smallest high-mountain region in the world. The five new multiple units each offer 91 seats and 2 wheelchair spaces as well as multifunctional zones for bicycles and pushchairs.
Currently, ŽSSK owns 242 locomotives (including light rail motor tractors), 216 railcars and multiple units and 1 373 coaches and trailers.