Croatia has received EUR 119.3 million from the Cohesion Fund for the procurement of 21 new electric trains to modernise the country’s rolling stock and to improve connectivity and mobility with positive economic consequences. EUR 140.34 million is the total value of the project.
Under the project, HŽ Passenger Transport will modernise its fleet by acquiring 11 suburban trains and 10 regional EMUs, providing passengers greater comfort and capacity as well as reduced travel time.
The trains for regional transport will have at least 210 seats and total capacity of 400 passengers, including seating and standing places. Trains for urban transport will have at least 130 seats and total capacity of around 500 passengers.
The new single-deck low-floor trains will have 3-4 doors on regional services and 6 to 8 doors on urban routes, which enables rapid entry and exit of passengers.
The trains’ design will improve the accessibility of rail passenger rail services. To improve levels of comfort, both the passenger cars and the driver’s cab will be air conditioned. They will be able to run at speeds of 160 km/h.
The steering and diagnostic systems are controlled by a microprocessor system that links the train subsystems with modern communication protocols. This makes it possible to link up to three trains into one. In addition, all units will be equipped with ERTMS level 2.
A part of the new fleet will operate on the rail sections from Zapresic to Zabok and Dugo Selo to Krizevci, which are currently being modernised with the help of EU funds.
The aim of this project is to improve the regional connectivity, to provide a better access to the labor market and services in major urban centers. In addition, the project is also aimed at ensuring a more efficient and competitive rail passenger transport, which will contribute to the sustainability of the transport system in Croatia.
The train procurement project is part of country’s plan on the revitalization of railway transport. By 2030, EUR 3.5 billion will be invested in railway sector to increase its market share. A large part of this investment is expected to be covered by EU funds.