Alstom has delivered the first refurbished ETR470 Pendolino train to Greek rail transport provider Trainose, marking the arrival of high-speed trains in the country.

The delivery was part of a €40m project that involves corrective maintenance of five such trains and the modernisation of a depot in Thessaloniki.

The five trains will form Greece’s first fleet of high-speed trains.

In the last few months, significant modernisation works were carried out at the Thessaloniki depot. The trains were upgraded at Alstom’s Savigliano site.

The refurbished ETR470 Pendolino trains now feature Wi-Fi connection and new passenger information systems. They were also upgraded with ETCS signalling and modified to operate under a 25kV catenary.

The first train is expected to start operating between Athens and Thessaloniki from March this year. The remaining four units are expected to be delivered later this year.

Trainose CEO Filippos Tsalidis said: “Starting high-speed service in Greece with these upgraded Alstom trains is part of our strategy to offer an improved passenger experience, better quality services and reduced travel time on a very popular route.

“Moreover, the upgrade of our Thessaloniki depot as part of this project will turn our depots into some of the most modern and high-tech depots in South-East Europe.”

The Avelia Pendolino is a flexible and interoperable passenger rail solution capable of operating at a speed of up to 250km/h. This high-speed rail vehicle is certified in 14 countries with more than 520 units sold.

Separately, Alstom has secured a €106m contract to deliver signalling, train control and telecommunication system (Package 24) for the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) Corridor in India.

The 82.15km line will be the first in India to adopt the European Train Control System (ETCS) hybrid Level 3 signalling system.

Alstom’s Citadis X05 trams recently entered passenger service on Kaohsiung’s South Circular Light Rail line (LRT) in Taiwan.