F.l.t.r.: Georgi Gvozdeykov, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria, Philipp Brunner, Member of the Executive Board of Stadler, Vice President of Division Central Europe and Željko Davidović, Sales Manager Central and Eastern Europe at Stadler. Image credit: Stadler

Stadler to export trains to Bulgaria

29 April 2024 09:52

Bussnang/Sofia - The rail vehicle manufacturing company Stadler has signed a contract with the Bulgarian government. This covers the delivery of KISS trains in addition to maintenance and training services over the long term.

Stadler, the rail vehicle manufacturing company headquartered in Bussnang in the canton of Thurgau, has signed a long-term contract with the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport and Communications. As detailed in a press release, Stadler will deliver seven double-decker trains from its KISS series, while the contract also contains an option for the delivery of three additional trains. In addition, Stadler has agreed a 15-year contract focused on maintenance services for the trains and staff training. This is the first contract that Stadler has agreed in Bulgaria, which means that the company is now active in 48 countries around the world and has sold 630 KISS trains to date.  

“We are proud that we were able to sign the contract for the delivery of our KISS trains with the Bulgarian Ministry today”, comments Philipp Brunner, Member of the Executive Board of Stadler, Vice President of Division Central Europe, in the press release. “The vehicles set new standards in terms of performance, reliability, safety, comfort and state-of-the-art technology. We are convinced that they will make a significant contribution to improving public transport in Bulgaria”, he adds. Georgi Gvozdeykov, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria, states: “With the procurement of state-of-the-art, zero-emission, double-decker vehicles from Stadler, we will not only significantly improve the comfort of rail transport for our passengers, but above all make a significant contribution to the realization of current sustainable mobility goals”.

The KISS trains heading to Bulgaria are being produced at the at the Stadler Polska plant in Siedlce, a city located in the east of Poland. The trains, which are designed for use on a track gauge of 1,435 millimeters, offer space for 300 seats, with a least 10 percent of this capacity reserved for people with reduced mobility. ce/ww

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