Swiss train manufacturer Stadler has won a €100m contract from Serbian Railways (ŽS) to deliver 21 four-car fast light innovative regional train (FLIRT) EMUs for suburban services in the Belgrade area.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided funding for the order.
The first EMU is scheduled to be delivered in autumn 2014 and the remaining 20 trains will be delivered in two-week intervals up until late summer 2015.
Stadler Rail executive vice-president for marketing and sales Peter Jenelten said that the EBRD-financed FLIRT order is its first in South-Eastern Europe.
"The new FLIRT trains will allow ŽS to set new standards in regional transport," Jenelten said.
The 25kV 50Hz trains are environmentally friendly and will be capable of travelling at a top speed of 160km/h, while the lightweight aluminium bodies are expected to help decrease energy consumption and operating costs.
Each of the air-conditioned trains will be equipped with seating for 234 passengers, including 14 tip-up seats and 12 first class spaces.
The FLIRT trains are equipped with multifunctional compartments in the entrance area for wheelchairs, prams and bicycles as well as a wheelchair-accessible toilet.
The trains will be equipped with an Indusi train control system, with a subsequent upgrade to the European ETCS 2 standard included at the planning stage.
Image: Stadler will deliver the first FLIRT EMU to Serbian Railways in autumn 2014, with the last delivery scheduled for late summer 2015. Photo: courtesy of Stadler Rail.