Italian public transport company Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM) has signed a framework agreement with Swiss railway rolling stock manufacturer Stadler for the supply of diesel-electric trains.

The eight-year framework agreement guarantees a minimum of 30 trains and a maximum of 50. The diesel-electric trains will be used on non-electrified lines at a price of €6.39m per unit.

It also covers first-level scheduled maintenance services and corrective maintenance in case of vandalism or accidental events.

FNM chairman Andrea Gibelli said: “By signing this second framework agreement, following the contract for the high-capacity trains, we are continuing the action to renew the fleet of trains, made possible by the financing and indications of the Lombardy Region. The aim remains that of ensuring the best service for the 750,000 people who use the regional railway service every day. The particularly innovative specifications of these diesel-electric trains will ensure quality and performance standards among the best in Europe.”

“The aim remains that of ensuring the best service for the 750,000 people who use the regional railway service every day.”

FERROVIENORD, a subsidiary of FNM, signed an executive contract with Stadler for 30 trains. The total value of the contract is more than €190m and delivery of the first train is expected to begin by 2021.

The train’s propulsion will feature a special module with two latest-generation, low-emission diesel engines (stage V with SCR catalytic converter) that power two sets of batteries. This allows for reduced emissions travel on suburban tracks and zero emissions in the stations.

New technologies will offer better performance such as a 20% increase in acceleration, which will significantly reduce travel times.

Fuel consumption will be reduced by 30% compared, leading to an annual estimated savings of €3m.

Annual CO2 emissions will be reduced by 12,400t, which is equivalent to taking 8,600 cars off the road. Due to the position of the engines at the centre of the train, noise and vibrations do not get transmitted to the carriages.

The bidirectional trains, with a length of 66.8m, consist of three passenger carriages. Each train offers space for 328 people, including seating for 168. The trains can travel at a maximum speed of 140km/h and will feature toilet facilities, LED lighting, Wi-Fi, 220-V sockets, USB ports, a passenger information system, cameras for video surveillance and a lighting assistance system.