HUNGARY: National passenger operator MÁV-Start has selected Stadler Rail Valencia to supply eight electro-diesel tram-trains to operate on the planned route between Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely. The order announced on April 18 includes an option for four more vehicles.
The project is being fully financed by the EU, with rolling stock estimated to cost HF10bn. Services would run on the current alignment of tram Route 1 in Szeged, before using an 800 m connection that will be built to connect the tram route to the unelectrified Szeged – Békéscsaba railway line. A new 3·3 km single-track line is also to be built through Hódmezővásárhely to take tram-trains to the city’s main station.