Italian rail operator Trenitalia has received a €680m contract from the Government of Campania in southern Italy to operate its regional trains.
The company will contribute €208.9m to the procurement of 37 new trains that will be made in Italy, while the Government of Campania will provide a further €180m.
The company will operate the trains for 15 years and be responsible for the renewal of the current fleet.
Campania region president Vincenzo de Luca, FS Italiane Group CEO Gianfranco Battisti and Trenitalia CEO Orazio Iacono all signed the 2019-2033 service contract.
IV Commission for Public Works and Transport president Luca Cascone, Trenitalia Regional Passenger Division director Sabrina De Filippis and Campania regional director Pietro Diamantini also attended the signing ceremony.
In the past five years, Trenitalia has seen significant improvement in its service. Its regional passenger satisfaction related to cleaning and information on board increased by 13%, while cancellations declined by 70% during this period.
This contract is part of FS Italiane’s 2019-2023 Industrial Plan. It has allocated €16bn for road and rail infrastructure, which includes €8.2bn for rail.
Last month, a partnership of FirstGroup and Trenitalia named the InterCity West Coast rail franchise in the UK Avanti West Coast.
First Trenitalia won the contract to operate the West Coast rail franchise in August. First Trenitalia will operate West Coast Partnership until 2031.
In June, Trenitalia placed a $643m order with Hitachi Rail and Bombardier Transportation for the construction and maintenance 14 Frecciarossa 1000 high-speed trains. The vehicles will be built in Italy and comply with all TSI requirements.