Škoda Bratislava

Škoda Transportation has secured a €39m contract from Bratislava Transport in Slovakia to deliver a fleet of 15 two-way light rail vehicles (LRVs).

Delivery of the new LRVs is scheduled to start in mid-2015, following which they will be operated on the metre-gauge network in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.

The deal also includes maintenance support of the LRVs for 15 years, as well as an option for an additional 15 LRVs.

Of the funding of the deal, 85% has been provided by the European Regional Development Fund via the Operational Programme Transport.

Škoda Transportation general manager Josef Bernard said: "Our most modern locomotives 109 E2 (Emil Zátopek) with push-pull sets are already used in the common traffic on the Slovakian railway."

Bratislava Transport general manager and chairman of the board of directors Lubomír Belfi said the order will help the company offer its passengers high-quality services in new and modern trams.

"Delivery of the new LRVs is scheduled to start in mid-2015, following which they will be operated on the metre-gauge network in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava."

"I believe that we will have managed to replace at least a half of the tram rolling stock in Bratislava in four years," Belfi said.

The new 32.5m-long five-section bi-directional metre gauge LRVs will be based on the Type 26 T cars that are intended to be delivered to the Hungarian city of Miskolc.

Škoda Transportation commercial manager Jaromír Jelínek said: "Bratislava trams will have the chassis with wheel gauge of 1,000mm and the first and last chassis will be fully rotary."

The new 89% low-floor LRVs will feature air-conditioning, audio-visual passenger information, CCTV and a sliding platform for disabled passengers.

The new LRVs, which will be capable of accommodating 242 passengers, will feature 52 seats and can operate at a maximum speed of 65kmph.


Image: Škoda’s 15 new bi-directional LRVs will be delivered to the metre-gauge network in Bratislava in mid-2015. Photo: courtesy Škoda Transportation a.s.