by Tiana May
23 Dec 2022
The first two RegioPanter trains have commenced service on the newly electrified line from Olomouc to Šumperk via Uničov in the Czech Republic.
By the end of the year, České dráhy will operate four of these two-car units, before a fifth joins the fleet in January. By the summer of 2024, 27 new three-car RegioPanters of the 640 series will then commence operations on this line.
“The modernisation of the line between Olomouc, Uničov and Šumperk and new electric trains will ensure faster, more comfortable and safer travel thanks to the deployment of the European ETCS security system. We want to continue this kind of support for regional rail transport in other places where the railway helps ensure a more accessible route for work, education or leisure activities or trips.”
The first delivery of RegioPanter units of the 640 series is scheduled for April 2023, and all ordered vehicles will be deployed by June 2023. This will enable a more dynamic and comprehensive timetable to come into effect thanks to the line’s modernised railway infrastructure and the improved performance of the new electric units.
Czech Railways has invested more than 4 billion CZK (146 million GBP) in the purchase of these RegioPanter vehicles, while an initial 1 billion CZK (36 million GBP) will be invested in a maintenance facility to support their operations.
The new electric units will be produced by the Škoda Transportation and Škoda Vagonka consortium and will have a capacity of almost 240 seated passengers.
The trains will run at speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour and will be equipped with the most modern European ETCS safety equipment.
They will also offer barrier-free access for people in wheelchairs and will be equipped with a folding counter for changing babies.
“Quality public transport is one of the main priorities for the Olomouc Region. That is why I am very happy that the railway between Olomouc and Šumperk will now be served by modern train units. I wish all passengers a pleasant train journey and a safe journey to their destination.”
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