Ukrzaliznytsia plans to use Swiss trains Stadler FLIRT on suburban routes as part of the City Express project in Kiev, Dnipro, Kharkov.
The sample received for testing was built at the Belarusian plant Stadler, JSC "Stadler Minsk".
Ukrzaliznytsia plans to receive and launch the first trains on the routes of the Kiev hub as part of the City Express project until the end of 2022. Among the sources of financing for the purchase, both state budget funds and loans offered by manufacturers are considered.
“City Express is one of the main railway projects under the President's program“ Big Construction ”. We carried out test runs of the FLIRT train on the territory of the metropolitan agglomeration. Now we are working on the development of a feasibility study for the project, we are completing the preparation of technical requirements for rolling stock and platforms. We plan to announce a tender by the end of September. Our task is to unload the entrances to the capital and reduce the travel time to workplaces for residents from the capital's satellite cities, ”said Acting President. Chairman of the Board of JSC "Ukrzaliznytsia" Alexander Kamishin.
The purchase of such trains will be carried out according to an international tender. Ukrzaliznytsia is already sending out terms of reference to leading domestic and foreign manufacturers of rolling stock to attract them to participate in the tender. Localization of production on the territory of Ukraine will be among the main requirements for foreign manufacturers.
The maximum speed of the Stadler FLIRT electric train is 160 km /h. It has 262 seats for 1st and 2nd classes. The train is adapted for people with limited mobility and people with disabilities. The rolling stock is equipped with a ramp, places for people in wheelchairs, all information is duplicated in Braille. The Stadler FLIRT train is adapted to operate in Finland, Norway, Estonia, Belarus and Ukraine.
Stadler FLIRT is a family of passenger electric and diesel trains manufactured by the Swiss company Stadler Rail AG. FLIRT is an abbreviation; English version - Fast Light Innovative Regional Train. The first train was designed for Swiss Railways and delivered in 2004.
Stadler is an international railway vehicle manufacturing company based in Busnang, Switzerland. Founded in 1942, today it has over 8,500 employees and over 50 service departments. The company offers a wide range of rail transport: high-speed trains, intercity trains, regional and suburban trains, metro rolling stock, tram-trains and trams.