Italian rail network Trenitalia has receieved its new Coradia Meridian regional train from Alstom at the Termini station in Rome, as part of a €440m order placed by FS Italian Group management in November 2012.
The train has been renamed by Trenitalia as Jazz and is the first of 70 Alstom Coradia Meridian trains ordered by FS.
Alstom Ferroviaria president and managing director Pierre-Louis Bertina said: "The delivery of the train as scheduled bears witness to the commitment of the entire company to this project.
"Our hope is that the train will open up new opportunities for our Italian factories and the sub-contractors that are equally committed to confronting this challenge."
The trains are being built in four unique configurations including metropolitan, with more standing room; regional, with more seats; regional express, for more comfortable journey on longer distances and airport, with more space for luggage.
Designed to be easily and quickly modified to meet the mobility needs of passengers and operators, the trains are fitted with a video-surveillance system, information screens, and notices in Braille, as well as a loudspeaker system and 220V sockets for cell phones, portable PCs and tablets.
Belonging to Alstom’s Coradia range of modular trains, the 95% recyclable units are expected to improve the quality of journeys for commuters in several Italian regions.
Alstom is producing the Coradia Meridian trains at its Italian centres in Savigliano (Cuneo), Bologna and Sesto San Giovanni (Milan).
More than 3,000 Alstom regional trains have been sold to date and are currently operating in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Image: Jazz, the new Coradia Meridian for the Italian regional railways. Photo: courtesy of Alstom Transport/Arnaud Février.