< /p> České dráhy (ČD) will start running in the Pilsen Region from the middle of next year with new motor trains from the Polish company PESA. They will serve the lines Plzeň – Žihle, Rokycany – Nezvěstice, Plzeň – Town Hall, Plzeň – Bezdružice, Nýřany – Heřmanova Huť and the Šumava route Klatovy – Železná Ruda. All ten two-car units, called RegioFox, will start running there by the end of next year.
Plzeň – České dráhy (ČD) will start running in the Pilsen region from the middle of next year with new motor trains from the Polish company PESA. They will serve the lines Plzeň – Žihle, Rokycany – Nezvěstice, Plzeň – Town Hall, Plzeň – Bezdružice, Nýřany – Heřmanova Huť and the Šumava route Klatovy – Železná Ruda. All ten two-car units, called RegioFox, will start running there by the end of next year. ČD will pay CZK 1.03 billion for them. ČD Deputy General Director Jiří Ješeta told ČTK at today's signing of the contract for passenger transport in Pilsen and the Czech Forest. ČD will thus continue to serve both areas from December 2023 for the next ten years. The contract is worth CZK 4.5 billion.
“RegioFoxy with 114 seats are the successors of RegioSharks from 2014, also from the company Pesa, which are already on the Domažlica line in the Pilsen region. They will run on diesel and HVO, i.e. on the second generation of biofuels,” said Ješeta. They are equipped with low-emission Rolls-Royce engines, the European security system ETCS and passenger counters, which will provide the region with an overview of the load on the routes.
ČD can purchase up to 160 of these sets from the framework contract for the whole of the Czech Republic, for the Pilsen Region it is the 67th to 76th train in order, the previous 66 RegioFox will run in other regions with which ČD has agreed on modernizations. “It is a highly reliable, comfortable and convenient train with powerful engines and great acceleration, very comfortable for passengers, low-floor with air conditioning and an information system,” said Ješeta. It has more consumption than older “motorcycles” because it is bigger and heavier, with safety fronts and crash zones, which translates into higher costs. “We already have the first vehicle on our test circuit in Velim. As soon as it passes all the tests and can be tested with passengers, which will be June or July, we will start using it on a trial basis on the Prague – Rudná u Prahy – Beroun and Beroun – Rakovník lines. ” Ješeta said.
According to him, ČD will give another half a billion crowns to the purchase and gradual renewal of motor trains for the Český les, where they will not run new cars, but refurbished ones. On the lines from Domažlice to Tachov and from Staňkov to Poběžovice, where trains from the 1970s and 1980s are now running, partially modernized Regional trains will run first, and then they will be replaced by six more modern motor cars in 2028 at the latest, according to Deputy Governor Pavel Čížek (STAN) RegioSpider 1 from the Swiss company Stadler.
“The first two Regions, which we are already working on modernizing, will appear in the colors of the Pilsen Region at the end of March on the tracks around Tachov,” said Čížek. The amount of half a billion also includes the installation of ETCS, which is to be mandatory from 2028.