Smoother rail transport across Slovakia

Railway passenger transport across Slovakia is to get a boost, thanks to a major upgrade to rolling stock. The new or modernised vehicles will serve a target population of around 4.8 million.

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Owned and operated by Railway Company Slovakia, the new and renovated locomotives plus the new train units will be used for interregional and suburban transport. The project is co-funded by the EU and should be completed by 2013.

New or modernised stock

Approved in 2010, the project to renew the rolling stock of Railway Company Slovakia involves the purchase of two new electric push-pull locomotives, renovation of 10 existing locomotives and the purchase of 32 new electric or diesel units that have a seating capacity of up to 290 per unit. Together this stock will by 2013 represent almost a quarter of the company’s overall capacity within the interregional and suburban transport sector.

Around two thirds of the services of the new and modernised rolling stock will be provided on the Trans-European Network. The project aims to increase the number of passengers in interregional and in regional rail transport by 10% by 2015 as compared to 2008, by creating the conditions to attract people who are currently using individual cars and buses. A further goal is to reduce noise and air pollution that stem from the outdated rolling stock run in these regions of Slovakia.

The project has a target population of almost 4.8 million, mainly inhabitants of the various regions who commute from the regional and suburban areas into the centres of economic and social activity. Today, some 80 000 passengers on average travel every day by rail to and from the six centres (Trnava, Trenčín, Nitra, Žilina, Košice and Humenné).

Faster and more comfortable railways

Expected benefits of the project include higher quality, more comfortable and safer rail transport across the regions of Slovakia, thanks to the partial modernisation of the rolling stock fleet , and the benefits were fulfilled. This also resulted in more sustainable economic conditions for passenger rail transport, plus a reduction in the noise and air pollution caused by the outdated stock currently in use.

Railway Company Slovakia is the owner of this new rolling stock. The company operates and maintains the stock from its own resources, based on a public-service contract in line with the 2007 EU regulation on public passenger transport services by rail and by road.

Project no. 2

The expectations from the first modernisation project were fullfiled and exceeded. That´s why another project of “new trains” was prepared and consequently adopted by EC in December 2013. This project focuses on transport within integrated transport systems in two major cities in Slovakia: Bratislava and Kosice. At the end of 2015, 61 new trains units will operate in Slovak regions and  will result in 50% of regional rail transport operated by modernised trains or wagons. 

Nowadays several track sections in Slovakia are operated solely by new trains. Revolution in traveling around Slovakia is here. But there are still some regions in Slovakia, mainly in central part, waiting for new euro-trains. This demand is supposed to be fulfilled by a project in the new programming period 2014-2020.


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