HUNGARY: The MÁV-Gépészet engineering business of national railway MÁV has restarted coach manufacturing at the Szolnok workshops, 18 years after production ceased. The EU is providing HF463m of support for the HF1·4bn project, which includes equipping the workshops with new tools.
The plant will produce 200 km/h inter-city vehicles for passenger operator MÁV Start and potentially for other customers. The first of these IC+ cars are expected to enter service on domestic and international routes during 2013. They will be built to modern standards, with air-conditioning, accessible retention toilets, GPS-driven LCD passenger information, wi-fi, at-seat power sockets, CCTV and remote monitoring and diagnostic systems.
TÜV Rheinland InterCert is providing assurance services, and will validate the coaches against TSI standards.