Skoda Transportation subsidiary Škoda Vagonka has received a €55.2m contract to deliver six new dual-system electric trains to Estonian passenger train operator Elron.
Awarded through a competitive tender process, the contract also requires Škoda Vagonka to provide spare parts and materials for five years. It also includes the option for ten additional trains.
As agreed, the trains will be delivered in the second half of 2024, following which, they will run on the electrified railway section between Tallinn and Tartu.
The construction works on the line are also slated to complete in the same year.
The new vehicles will be capable of operating on the older rail lines, as well as new and planned electrified railway sections.
The Škoda-made vehicles will also be accordingly designed to enable coupling with the currently used Stadler trains.
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Elron board chairman Merike Saks said: “The new trains will contribute greatly to increasing the environmental friendliness of our transport connections, and launching those trains will hopefully also alleviate the current load on one of the most popular railway lines in Estonia.”
The new trains will feature more seats and bicycle spaces to increase passenger convenience.
Saks added: “The new trains will have more seats in economy class, as well as in the First Class area, which is separated from the economy class by a door.
“Feedback from customers was also taken into consideration, notably involving a requirement that all seats should be softer and more comfortable.”
The new units will also feature a buffet area from where the passengers can purchase drinks and snacks.
Earlier this year, Škoda Transportation started building a new manufacturing and testing facility in Pilsen, Czech Republic.