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    ComfortJet coaches enter service


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD has put its first set of ComfortJet inter-city coaches into revenue service. An initial set began operating on the Praha – Bohumín route on June 12, with the Bohumín – Františkovy Lázně route to follow once three sets are ready for ...

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    Traction innovations on show in Ostrava


    CZECH REPUBLIC: One of the 18 Flirt electric multiple-units being supplied to Serbia formed the centrepiece of the Stadler presentation for the Rail Business Days 2024 trade fair at Ostrava’s Trojhalí Karolina centre.

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    ČD orders more Škoda BEMUs as first trainset is unveiled in Ostrava


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The first Škoda battery-electric multiple-unit for state operator České Dráhy was officially unveiled at the Rail Business Days trade fair in Ostrava on June 11.

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    Czech Republic: Ostrava link leads revised core network plan


    With limited progress being made on the planned new line between Praha and Dresden, Czech infrastructure manager Správa Železnic is taking forward an initial section of high speed line in the east as part of plans to develop a 400 route-km high-performance backbone. SŽ’s Deputy Director for High Speed Lines Jiří Merta explains the state of progress to Benjámin Zelki.

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    Investor sees ‘genuine growth potential’ as DB completes sale of Arriva


    EUROPE: The sale of Deutsche Bahn’s non-German public transport business Arriva to I Squared Capital has been completed, the companies announced on June 3. DB said it would now focus on rail transport within Germany, while I Squared said it sees opportunities to invest in decarbonisation. ...

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    Škoda Group acquires Cegelec


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Škoda Group has acquired 100% of the shares of tram, metro and trolleybus electrical component supplier Cegelec from Vinci Energies. Cegelec will operate under the name Electric Components as part of the Škoda Electric business. ‘Škoda Group is undergoing long-term development, which includes strengthening ...

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    RegioJet orders Škoda EMUs


    CZECH REPUBLIC: RegioJet has awarded Škoda Group a KC3·5bn contract to supply 23 customised 160 km/h electric multiple-units. The order announced on May covers 15 two-car and eight three-car units to be delivered by December 2026. They will be used on services in the Ústí nad ...

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    Škoda battery multiple-unit on test


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Škoda Group has sent the first 15Ev3 battery-electric multiple unit for trials at the Velim test centre ahead of deployment in the Moravskoslezský region. The BEMU which arrived at the test centre on May 2 is based on the Class 650.2 RegioPanter design used ...

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    Regauged inter-urban tram line reopens


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Revenue services on the full length of inter-urban tram Route 11 between Liberec and Jablonec nad Nisou have restarted following a two-year rebuilding which included conversion from metre to 1 435 mm gauge. The reopening on May 1 completed a 30-year programme to rebuild ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    This week’s news from the global railway supply chain.

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    ČD and RegioJet competition dispute settled


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD and Open access company RegioJet have agreed to end all legal proceedings relating to a dispute about competition on the Praha – Ostrava line Under the so-called Falcon Case, RegioJet had sought damages of up to KC717m, alleging that ČD had ...

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    Praha tram extension to support housing development


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha city council has instructed transport operator DPP to draw up plans for a tramway extension to the Komořany district to support residential redevelopment on two former industrial sites. The 2·6 km segregated double-track route serving five stops would branch off the existing network near ...

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    RegioJet to launch night train to Ukraine


    EUROPE: RegioJet has opened ticket sales for a night train service between Praha and the rail hub at Chop in western Ukraine’s Zakarpattia Oblast. The operator says this will be the first 100% commercially operated service between the European Union and Ukraine. The daily service is ...

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    Praha metro Line C to be automated


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha city council has approved plans to automate the existing metro Line C. This would enable orders for trainsets, platform screen doors and CBTC to be combined with those for the future Line D which is currently being built for automatic operation. Deputy Mayor ...

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    CRRC’s Sirius EMU carries passengers with RegioJet


    CZECH REPUBLIC: RegioJet has started passenger-carrying trial operations of one of the CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Class 665 Sirius electric multiple-units which was ordered but not accepted by Leo Express. Since February 5, one trainset is being used on two return trips a day on the R23 ...

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    Czech suppliers target Middle East rail opportunities


    INTERNATIONAL: Rail and urban transport manufacturers sought to identify opportunities in Middle Eastern markets during a trade mission organised by national rail industry association ACRI as part of Czech President Petr Pavel’s state visit to Qatar and Israel. ACRI Chief Executive Marie Vopálenská said there the ...

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    Praha tram order confirmed


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha transport operator DPP has formally awarded Škoda Group an KC16·6bn eight-year framework contract covering the supply of up to 200 ForCity Plus Praha 52T trams, with a firm order for an initial 40. Škoda was named preferred bidder in November. Stadler had also ...

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    RegioJet selected for ‘largest ever’ Czech operating contract


    CZECH REPUBLIC: RegioJet announced on November 23 that it had been selected by the Ústecký region to operate subsidised passenger services on six regional lines. The contract will run for 15 years, starting from the December 2026 timetable change. RegioJet’s KC18·3bn offer was chosen over that ...

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    Newag signs its highest value locomotive order


    POLAND: Leasing company Akiem has awarded Newag a contract to supply and maintain 30 Dragon 2 six-axle electric freight locomotives with options for 50 more. Chair of the Newag management board Zbigniew Konieczek said the order signed on November 16 is the largest ...

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    Škoda preferred bidder for 200-tram framework contract


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha transport operator DPP has selected Škoda as preferred bidder for a KC16·6bn framework contract to supply up to 200 trams, with a firm order for an initial 40. Škoda’s bid based on its ForCity Plus design was announced as the most economically advantageous ...