Czech public transport provider RegioJet has ordered 23 new electric multiple unit (EMU) trains from Škoda Group in a deal worth €133m ($146m). 

The order covers 15 two-car trains and eight three-car vehicles that will be used in the Ústí nad Labem region in the Czech Republic with deliveries to begin by the end of 2026. 

RegioJet owner Radim Jančura said: “We are proud to announce this historic investment, which will not only significantly expand our capacity, but also take the standards of comfort, safety, and environmental sustainability of our services to a whole new level.” 

The purchase is part of the company’s investment plan which will see Kč4.5bn ($198m) put into its fleet over the next two years. 

The new low-floor trains will be capable of speeds up to 160km/h with a capacity of between 142 to 228 seats, including a first class cabin. 

Jan Švehla, head of group communications at Škoda Group, said: “Our trains are very popular, and we couldn’t be happier that the largest private carrier in Central Europe has chosen them for its lines in the Ústí nad Labem Region.” 

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RegioJet’s fleet investment has also included an order with Alstom for 13 Traxx MS3 locomotives signed last year to be used on its domestic and international services.