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    Hydrogen trains planned for Apennine route


    ITALY: The replacement of diesel trains with hydrogen on a line in central Italy is being studied by AECOM, Spanish renewables group Iberdrola, green hydrogen firm Cinque International and sustainable development specialist Ancitel Energia & Ambiente.

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    Shorter high speed trains to fit Sicilian train ferries


    ITALY: Trenitalia is assessing the possibility of ordering a shorter variant of its Frecciarossa ETR1000 high speed train which could use the train ferries between the mainland and the island of Sicily. The Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport envisages ordering a fleet of 12 four-car mini ...

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    Bologna tram plan approved


    ITALY: The city of Bologna has begun the process of calling tenders for the design and construction of the 15 km Red Line tramway, which is planned as the first route of a proposed four-line network totalling 57 km. The municipality approved the Red Line project ...

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    Italy: Speeding up rail schemes


    As part of its post-Covid recovery strategy, the Italian government has launched a wide-ranging programme to accelerate the delivery of major infrastructure projects, and rail is set to be a prime beneficiary. Christian Scasso investigates.

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    Trenitalia awards €910m EMU framework contract


    ITALY: National passenger operator Trentitalia has awarded Alstom a framework contract for the supply of up to 150 Coradia Stream regional electric multiple-units worth a total of €910m The 3 kV DC units will be built in Italy at Alstom’s sites at Savigliano, Sesto San ...

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    Lyon – Torino base tunnel contracts signed


    EUROPE: Three major contracts have been awarded for construction of the 57·5 km cross-border Mont Cenis base tunnel, which is central to the programme to develop a high-capacity rail route between Lyon and Torino. The contracts signed on July 7 have a combined value of ...

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    Italy: ERSAT moves into the roll-out phase


    Having amassed nearly 10 years of cumulative experience of satellite technologies for use with ERTMS, including virtual balises and radio frequency interference, RFI has gained sufficient confidence to start work on its first operational application.

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    Conegliano – Belluno line electrified


    ITALY: Electric services on the 47·6 Conegliano – Ponte nelle Alpi-Polpet – Belluno line were inaugurated on June 11, with Alstom Coradia Stream EMUs now running through from Venezia to Belluno to offer a 12 min reduction in journey time. The €55m project undertaken by ...

  • The technical and economic feasibility of operating 550 km/h magnetic levitation vehicles on existing railway alignments in addition to conventional trains is to be studied by infrastucture manager RFI and Polish-Swiss maglev and hyperloop technology comp

    Feasibility of adding 550 km/h maglev services to existing railway corridors to be studied


    ITALY: The technical and economic feasibility of operating 550 km/h magnetic levitation vehicles on existing railway alignments in addition to conventional trains is to be studied by infrastucture manager RFI and Polish-Swiss maglev and hyperloop technology company Nevomo. The organisations have signed a one-year memorandum ...

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    Bi-mode diagnostic trains ordered


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a consortium of Stadler and Mermec a contract to design, manufacture and supply five electro-diesel multiple-units which will be used for real-time inspection of track and overhead electrification equipment. The diagnostic units will have three cars plus a power ...

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    Elastic project stretches tram technology


    ITALY: Three trams and three tram stops in Firenze have been equipped with sensing, computation and communication capabilities as part of the Software Architecture for Extreme-ScaLe Big-Data AnalyticS in Fog CompuTIng ECosystems project to develop autonomous tram technology. The EU-funded €5·9m ELASTIC project is being ...

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    Trento tramway approved


    ITALY: The province of Trentino and Trento municipality have reached agreement for the construction of an 8 km tram line in the city.

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    Peoplemover to serve Firenze Belfiore high speed station approved


    ITALY: Approval has been granted for construction of a peoplemover to link Firenze’s Santa Maria Novella terminus with the Belfiore high speed station now under construction to the north of the city centre.

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    Brenner Base Tunnel opening postponed


    EUROPE: The target date for opening the 55 km Brenner Base Tunnel to revenue services has been postponed from 2030 until 2032, project promoter BBT SE has confirmed. Admitting that the previous timelines were too optimistic, BBT SE said the revised schedule would take into ...

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    Valle d’Aosta electrification included in Italian recovery plan


    ITALY: Electrification of the 66·3 km Ivrea – Aosta section of the Chivasso – Aosta line by 2026 has been included in the National Recovery Resilience Plan, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Transport Giancarlo Cancelleri has announced. Infrastructure manager RFI estimates that ...

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    Thales to provide real-time access to Brescia metro CCTV


    ITALY: Thales has been awarded a contract to modernise the Brescia metro’s train-to-ground data communications to provide near real-time transmission of onboard CCTV images to the control centre, and provide the ability to share this video content with other security operators. The 14 km automated ...

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    Torino metro extended to Bengasi


    ITALY: The southern extension of Torino’s VAL automated rubber-tyred metro from Lingotto to Bengasi was formally opened by Mayor Chiara Appendino on April 24.

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    RFI lets €1bn contract to realign Sicilian coastal railway


    ITALY: RFI has signed contracts covering the planning, design and construction of a new alignment between Taormina and Giampilieri in Sicily, which is the first stage of a project to eliminate the last remaining single track bottleneck on the Messina – Catania main line.

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    Lombardia operator orders more Coradia Stream EMUs


    ITALY: Following the confirmation of funding from the Lombardia region, FNM Group’s Ferrovienord has awarded Alstom a €125m firm order to supply a further 20 Coradia Stream electric multiple-units from June 2023 for use on Milano – Sondrio – Tirano services. The order announced on ...

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    CLF orders EffiShunter locos


    ITALY: Rail construction and maintenance company Costruzioni Linee Ferroviarie has ordered 10 Class 741.7 EffiShunter 1000 diesel locomotives from CZ Loko. Two of these produced by rebuilding Class 740/742 locos will be supplied from the Czech Republic by the end of 2021, while the remaining ...