Czech Railways cancels class 814 replacement lease tender, bid too expensive

Slovak class 813+913 motor unit. Credit: Szalay3/Wikimedia CommonsSlovak class 813+913 motor unit. Credit: Szalay3/Wikimedia Commons

Czech Railways lacks a high number of class 814 units due to railway crossing accidents.

Czech Railways will have to keep on solving the shortage of some motor units and cars on its own. The carrier had to cancel a tender announced in February for the supply of three DMU 70 railcars or units for nearly two years for CZK 22 million.

This follows from the information on the profile of the contracting authority. Only one bid was received; Czech Railways claims it was too expensive. According to the CEETransport.com daily, the bid offered class 813 units, while CD demanded vehicles with at least 65 seats. 

Czech Railways lacks a high number of class 814 units due to accidents or using them as replacements for other vehicles. CD has to replace the missing units with older ones. Repairs are prolonged due to a lack of parts and personnel.

Six weeks ago, CD canceled a tender for the lease of up to twenty DMU 140 units, as no bids were received. The leased units were to be deployed mainly in the Central Bohemia and Pardubice regions.

Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.

 

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