Italian industrial group Finmeccanica‘s subsidiary AnsaldoBreda has received a €250m contract to deliver driverless metro trains for Line 4 of the Milan underground.

Under this contract, AnsaldoBreda will supply 47 trains with a capacity to transport 600 passengers on each.

The new vehicles will be capable of running at a maximum speed of 80km/h, operating in both directions.

The 15.2km-long Line 4 is a fully automatic underground driverless metro rail running from the west to the east, creating a link between Linate Airport and San Cristofore railway station.

"The new vehicles will be capable of running at a maximum speed of 80km/h, operating in both directions."

Identified as the Blue Line of the Milan Metro, the line will have twin tunnels with single tracks in each direction.

The carriages will be manufactured at the company’s plants in Pistoia and Reggio Calabria, whereas the drive systems, train control and management systems (TCMS) and undercarriages will be constructed in Naples.

Meanwhile, AnsaldoBreda also signed a €8.5m contract with GEST, which manages the Florence tramway, for the full service and maintenance of rolling stock.

The contract covers AnsaldoBreda-built Sirio trams, which has been serving the Line 1 of the Tuscan capital since 2010. This five-year contract also includes an option to extend further two years.

AnsaldoBreda will be responsible for the supply of spare parts, as well as all the preventive and corrective maintenance operations.

In October last year, Finmeccanica shortlisted China’s CNR Corporation and Japan’s Hitachi for the sale of Ansaldo Breda and its rail technology subsidiary Ansaldo STS.