Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko (ZSSK) has ordered five more four-car low-floor electric units of the RegioPanter type. ZSSK is exercising the option included in the contract for the delivery of 9 electric units with an option for another 11 units, which was signed by ZSSK with the consortium of Škoda Group and ŽOS Trnava in September 2021. The delivery of the five new units will take place during 2025.
ZSSK plans to deploy the first nine new four-car sets in the Košice and Prešov regions. It has now decided to exercise part of the option and purchase five more units. This order is a continuation of the successful cooperation between Škoda Group, ŽOS Trnava and Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko. In the past, Škoda together with ŽOS Trnava has produced and delivered 25 trains of the same type to its Slovak partner. Thanks to the new order, the Slovak fleet of RegioPanters will grow to 39 units.
„Slovakia is a key country for our group where we have been developing our activities for a long time and we cooperate very intensively with our Slovak partners. This train is proof of the very good Slovak-Czech cooperation, and it is very important to highlight the excellent cooperation with ŽOS Trnava, with whom we are also developing cooperation on other projects outside Slovakia,“ says Tomáš Ignačák, President of CZ/SK Region at Škoda Group.
The Minister of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Doležal, after signing the financing with Roman Koreň, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of ZSSK, said: “I am very pleased that we are starting to actually draw down funds from the Recovery and Resilience Plan of the Slovak Republic. This is the first ever project under the Ministry of Transport that has signed funding from the Recovery Plan. We want to spend the maximum amount of funds that have been allocated to us and this is the first step towards achieving that goal.”
Chairman of the Board of ZSSK, Roman Koreň adds: „These five additional electric units are a signal that we are serious about modernising the ZSSK fleet. I am pleased that we are contributing to improving the quality of transport again in the Eastern part of Slovakia, where the first new electric units will soon be available.”
The Panter vehicles will be deployed on the lines of the Košice and Prešov regions, specifically on the line section Čierna n/Tisou – Košice – Prešov. Prešov – Košice (line No 188) and Košice – Michaľany – Slovenské Nové Mesto – Čierna n/Tisou (line No 190).
The RegioPanter electric units are delivered to Slovakia as two-system units, for 3 kV DC or 25 kV 50 Hz with a capacity of 343 seats. They are designed for operation on regional lines with a standard gauge of 1 435 mm and a maximum speed of 160 km/h. They offer passengers a fully air-conditioned, open-plan area with comfortable seats. Power sockets, Wi-Fi connectivity, and an audiovisual information system are also essential features. For fast, safe and comfortable passenger changes, the trains have low-floor boarding and 1,500 mm wide doors. The sets also include multifunctional compartments for disabled passengers, prams or bicycles.