April 12, 2018

Bulgarian fleet renewal plan moves forward

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BULGARIAN State Railways (BDZ) is finalising tender documentation for a contract to supply 41 multiple units as it seeks to move forward with the renewal of its ageing rolling stock fleet.

BDZ Holding CEO Mr Vladimir Vladimirov told Bulgarian newspaper 24 Chasa this week that the order, which is worth an estimated Lev 420m ($US 265m), will comprise 36 EMUs and five DMUs. A preferred bidder could be announced by the end of the year if there are no appeals.

The EMUs will be designed for 200km/h operation but will run at a maximum speed of 160km/h on the Bulgarian network.

Deliveries are expected to take place within 2-3 years and the first trains will be six-car sets for Sofia - Bourgas and Sofia - Svilengrad inter-city services.

A recent report on future passenger rolling stock requirements indicated that BDZ will need at least 85 new trains. A decision on an order for another 44 trains is not expected until after the next parliamentary elections in 2021 or 2022.

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