ITALY: The board of open access high speed train operator NTV has approved the award of a contract for Alstom Transport to supply and maintain a further eight trainsets.

Branded EVO, the new trainsets would be part of Alstom’s Pendolino family which NTV said offers ‘a brilliant mixture of reliability and high performance’. Their maximum operating speed would be 250 km/h, compared to 300 km/h for NTV’s existing fleet of 25 Alstom AGV trainsets which have a design speed of 360 km/h.

Delivery is planned by December 2017. NTV intends to use the additional trainsets to increase the frequency of the services it operates under the Italo brand, and to expand its network to new destinations.

On October 5 Alstom told Railway Gazette International it had built a ‘solid relationship’ with NTV through the supply and maintenance of the AGV trainsets, and looked forward to finalising the new contract in the coming weeks.