The Kharkivskyi Metropoliten municipal transport utility, which operates the Kharkiv subway, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have jointly invited tenders for the supply of 17 new five-car metro train sets with full-width inter-car passenger gangway connections.

This was reported by the CFTS portal, citing the publication Business Censor.

According to the relevant announcement on the EBRD portal, the deadline for submitting tenders is 17 April this year.

"The above-named client intends to use part of the proceeds of a loan from/grant administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development towards the cost of the above-named contract(s)," the announcement states.

The contractor will have to put new trains into operation, install auxiliary equipment if necessary, and train subway personnel to work on the new trains.

As reported previously, a tender for the supply of "metro train sets" for the Kharkiv subway was published in the Tenders Electronic Daily, the European Union’s public procurement website, in May 2023. The tender was for the supply of eight new five-car subway train sets with open inter-car passenger gangway connections and spare parts. The purchase was made possible by funding from the European Investment Bank.

Kharkiv will also continue the extension of the Oleksiivska subway line to the Kharkiv airport with a loan from the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Previously, Kharkiv planned to purchase trains for the Kharkiv subway from China. The Kryukov Railcar Building Works and CRRC Corporation Limited (China) took part in the relevant tender in 2020. CRRC Corporation Limited won the tender.