MÁV-START Signs Contract for 21 FLIRT EMUs
MÁV-START Zrt, passenger operation unit of Hungarian State Railways, and Stadler Bussnang AG signed a contract today about the supply of 21 suburban FLIRT EMUs. The total value amounts to approximately 125 million Euro. The public procurement was called in March, the first 6 trains will be delivered this October, while the last units will arrive to Hungary until December 2016. The modern, energy-saving EMUs will operate on the suburban lines of Budapest.
MÁV issued the public procurement in two separate parts, applicants could bid for the supply of 6 and 15 units apart. Its reason was that the purchase of the first 6 units is to be covered by the Transport Operational Programme of the European Union, which is terminating in 2015, while the purchase of 15 trains will be financed from the Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme. In line with this, Stadler will deliver the first 6 EMUs until October 2015 and the remaining 15 units until December 2016. With this procurement MÁV-START will have the total of 123 FLIRT trains until the end of 2016.
Our passengers have already won with the previously purchased 102 EMUs, and this advantageous tendency is now continuing – highlighted Ms. Ilona Dávid, Chairwoman-CEO of MÁV Zrt..
This day will be written in bold letters into the history book of the Hungarian railways, as our vehicle fleet is now enriching with additional 21 modern electric multiple units – added Mr. György Zaránd, CEO of MÁV-START.
During the 10 years of its presence in Hungary, Stadler has sold altogether 133 trains with high domestic added value, out of which 123 were sold for MÁV. We are very proud of the fact that during the years we could become one of the most significant suppliers of the Hungarian State Railways – said Zoltán Dunai, Country Manager of Stadler Rail Group in Hungary.
The maximum speed of the single voltage low floor regional trains is 160 km/h, and have the seat capacity of altogether 211. The FLIRTs are equipped with state-of-the-art passenger information system, air conditioning, multifunctional areas for the storage of bicycles, disabled accessible toilets, as well as free wifi connection and power sockets for the charging of mobile phones and laptops. The trains are also equipped with the European Train Control System 2 (ETCS 2), which assures that they are able to operate with 160km/h speed on the recently renewed lines provided by funds of the European Union.
Source & Photo : Stadler Rail