- Passenger News
- 30. January 2020
- Press Release | Alpha Trains
New market: Alpha Trains leases trains to the Czech Republic
- Five Desiro Classic two-car diesel multiple units leased to Arriva Vlaky
- Lease contract until the end of 2029
- Successful remarketing to new operator
Cologne, 30. January 2020 - Alpha Trains has signed a long-term lease contract for 5 Siemens Desiro Classic DMUs with a subsidiary of ARRIVA TRANSPORT ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA a.s. With the conclusion of this contract Alpha Trains expands its coverage of passenger assets into the Czech Republic.
"We are delighted that our multiple units will now also be in operation in the Czech Republic. The national railway markets in Europe are opening up to competition - services and prices are becoming more comparable. We are pleased to be part of this development," says Shaun Mills, CEO of Alpha Trains Group.
The five vehicles are currently in use in Slovakia and are operated by RegioJet. From December 2020, they will be in service in the north of the Czech Republic on the Liberec - Turnov - Semily - Stará Paka route.
Arriva was able to prevail against several competitors in a Europe-wide bidding process for this transport contract.