Italian train operator Trenitalia has awarded a contract worth €900m to French train manufacturer Alstom for the supply of 150 new medium-capacity regional trains.

 The first order will include 47 trains for a total of €240m, with delivery expected to commence in early 2019. The deal also includes a provision for maintenance services.

Alstom's Europe senior vice-president Andreas Knitter said: “This new order offers us the opportunity to reinforce our customer proximity and continue working with the Italian regions and Trenitalia to improve local transport in the country.”

The new single-decker medium-capacity regional trains are twice as long as standard and can accommodate 321 passenger seats. They are adaptable to different configurations and capacity needs for regional and suburban transport.

"The new single-decker medium-capacity regional trains are twice as long as standard and can accommodate 321 passenger seats."

The trains can also easily be tailored to meet the requirements of different regions by using an interactive configurator.

In addition to extra comfort, space, brightness, and other amenities, the trains will be equipped with live digital video surveillance cameras to ensure passenger safety.

They will also ensure a significant reduction in energy consumption per passenger and all consumable materials are up to 95% recyclable.

The new regional trains for Trenitalia will be designed and manufactured at Alstom's three Italian sites Savigliano, Sesto San Giovanni, and Bologna.


Image: Alstom will supply 150 new medium-capacity regional trains to Trenitalia. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.