RegioJet and CRRC negotiate new locomotives
RegioJet is experiencing problems with deliveries from Alstom.
RegioJet has begun talks with the world’s largest manufacturer of rail vehicles, China’s CRRC, for the delivery of new locomotives. The company has faced a delay in the delivery of TRAXX MS3 locomotives ordered from Alstom, RegioJet owner Radim Jančura told Czech daily Deník N.
The carrier wanted to modernize its fleet with the Alstom order. However, of the fifteen locomotives ordered, some were not delivered. RegioJet had considered placing another order, but reconsidered due to the huge delays in deliveries, Jančura said. Alstom did not comment for Deník N.
It has not yet been determined which locomotive the CRRC will supply. The European Union is in the process of approving a Chinese locomotive, but its power and speed are designed for freight transport. Jančura told Deník N that his company plans to order and develop a new locomotive together with the Chinese manufacturer.
RegioJet is willing to give CRRC a chance if the company can deliver a quality product that can be used throughout Europe. Up to 100 locomotives could come from the Chinese company, which could be successful on the European market, according to Jančura.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková