HZ rail operator and Koncar sign HRK 844.7 mn contract for 21 electric trains

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HZ Passenger Transport and Koncar - Electric Vehicles on Tuesday signed a contract for the sale of 21 commuter and regional electric trains worth HRK 844.7 million (€112.62 million), of which 85% comes from the EU's Cohesion Fund.

The contract was signed by HZ Passenger Transport CEO, Zeljko Ukic and  Koncar - Electric Vehicles CEO, Josip Ninic.

The funds for the new trains are disbursed from the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020. The project is part of a bigger project for the upgrade of the HZ Passenger Transport's rolling stock and envisages the purchase of 11 commuter and 10 regional trains.
Eighty-five percent of the contract value is financed by the EU and the remaining 15% by the state.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the project was important because it would contribute to the development of modern railway transport in Croatia.

One of the government's priorities is work on the best possible transport connectivity in the country, he said, noting that over the past few years the government had invested much in transport infrastructure, highways, roads, bridges, airports and ports and that now the railway was being invested in.

"In the next ten years we plan to invest around three billion euros in the upgrading of railway infrastructure," said the PM.

Mentioning in that context several projects, Plenkovic said that 165 kilometres of new railway lines would be built as part of those projects.

He said that in four years' time half of HZ Passenger Transport's rolling stock would be new electric trains.

Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Oleg Butkovic said the new trains were a Croatian product.

Koncar - Electric Vehicles CEO Ninic said the company won the job to make the trains following an international call for tenders.

The first of the new electric trains for commuter transport will be delivered in 24 months, after which ten more such trains will be delivered, to be followed by the delivery of 10 regional trains. The deadline for the delivery of all trains is December 2023.

The new trains will have low floors and be able to develop a speed of up to 160 kilometres per hour.

The commuter trains will have 130 seats and standing room for 385 passengers, while the regional trains will have 209 seats and standing room for 222 passengers.

Passengers will have free Internet access and the trains will have platforms for people in wheelchairs, a space for bicycles as well as a video surveillance system.

(€1 = HRK 7.5)


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