Italy rail news

All the latest news, interviews and information about the Italian rail network.

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    Ferrotramviaria unveils Pop EMUs


    ITALY: Bari to Barletta local train operator Ferrotramviaria has unveiled the first of 11 Pop electric multiple-units being supplied by Alstom. Ferrotramviaria has now taken delivery of five of the units, with the remaining six to be delivered a rate of two per year in 2024-26. ...

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    Italy: Bringing rail and air closer together


    Infrastructure manager RFI is embarking on a programme to complete rail links to airports in Venezia, Bergamo, Brindisi, Olbia and Alghero by the end of 2026, while a major reconfiguration of the rail network around Milano Malpensa is also in hand. Benjámin Zelki reports.

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    Torino trams begin entering service


    ITALY: The first of 70 trams which Hitachi Rail’s Napoli plant is supplying to Torino transport operator GTT entered service on September 11, following an official unveiling by the mayor the previous week The trams have been ordered under a May 2020 framework agreement. A €63·4m ...

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    Italy: Deadline catalyses enhancement programme


    No less than €24·7bn has been allocated to rail investment from the EU’s Recovery & Resilience Fund, giving RFI the opportunity to accelerate a vast programme of enhancements across the network. However, the RRF funding comes with a strict 2026 deadline for project completion. Benjámin Zelki investigates the largest elements of the plans.

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    Contract let to bore Italian section of Mont Cenis base tunnel


    ITALY: Project promoter Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Torino has awarded a €1bn contract to the consortium of Itinera, Ghella and Spie Batignolles to bore the 10 km section from Susa in Italy to the French border, TELT announced on August 31. The resulting bore will form part ...

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    Europe: Approach route impasse threatens Lyon – Torino link


    Plans to boost rail traffic between France and Italy through the Mont Cenis base tunnel maybe in jeopardy as the French government dithers over the choice of approach route. Christian Scasso reports

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    Trans-Alpine capacity crunch emerges amid Gotthard Base Tunnel repairs


    SWITZERLAND: The Gotthard Base Tunnel and Brenner Pass trans-Alpine rail routes were closed for much of August. Although both have now at least partially reopened, operators are again being forced to assess how best to manage unexpected disruption. Toma Bačić reports.

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    Comment: Trains on the tourist trail


    As summer moves into autumn in the northern hemisphere, a debate is beginning over the future of tourism, catalysed in part by the searing heatwaves and wildfires that have been sweeping across much of the planet. 

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    Vicenza high speed link contract signed


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager Rete Ferroviaria Italiana has signed a €1·82bn contract with the Iricav Due consortium to design and build a section of approach tracks and digital signalling west of Vicenza as part of the Milano – Venezia high speed line programme. The predecessor companies making ...

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    Salerno suburban rail extension contract awarded


    Photo: David Campione ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a design and build contract for a 9 km extension of the Salerno suburban rail service to serve Salerno Costa D’Amalfi Airport. This will involve the construction of a single-track electrified line dedicated to the suburban service ...

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    Trenitalia orders sleeping cars offering ‘comfort, privacy and tranquillity’


    Comfort class. ITALY: National passenger operator Trenitalia has awarded a consortium of Škoda Group and Titagarh Firema a contract to supply up to 370 sleeping cars which the Czech company says will offer an ’extraordinary travel experience with greater comfort, privacy and a tranquillity resembling a ...

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    Italian luxury and tourist train business launched


    ITALY: National operator FS Group has established FS Treni Turistici Italiani to provide luxury and tourist-focused train services. These will position rail travel ’as an integral part of the holiday, a quality component of the overall tourist experience’. FS Treni Turistici Italiani has three service areas: ...

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    RFI makes progress with procuring €1·7bn infrastructure enhancement package


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager Rete Ferroviaria Italiana awarded three civil works contacts on July 18 totalling €836m, having called tenders for a further six work packages at the end of June with a total value of €904m. The procurement covers a raft of infrastructure enhancements all funded ...

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    Adriatic high speed line feasibility study commissioned


    ITALY: A feasibility study for the construction of a high speed line along the Adriatic coast from Bologna to Rimini, Ancona, Pescara, Foggia, Bari and Lecce is to be undertaken by infrastructure manager RFI. The costs and benefits of a new line built for 300 km/h ...

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    Bergamo T2 tram order confirmed


    ITALY: Škoda Group has finalised a contract to supply 10 customised trams to Bergamo over the next three years and provide three years of full-service maintenance. The tram order which was formally announced on July 12 forms part of a larger turnkey contract for a consortium ...

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    Circumvesuviana narrow gauge EMU order


    ITALY: Regional transport operator EAV has awarded Stadler a framework contract for the supply of up to 60 electric multiple-units for the 950 mm gauge Circumvesuviana lines south and east of Napoli. A firm order for an initial 16 sets and five years of maintenance has ...

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    Palermo tramway expansion contract awarded


    ITALY: A joint venture of Sis Scpa and CAF has been appointed to build three tramway extensions in Palermo totalling 24 km and supply nine trams with options for 35 more. The contract announced by CAF on July 6 includes a five-month preparation period before the ...

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    CAF awarded Napoli train contract


    ITALY: Napoli regional transport operator EAV has awarded CAF a firm order to supply six metro trainsets and provide three years of maintenance. The trainsets will be used on the 10 km Arcobaleno line between Aversa Centro and Piscinola, and in the future will continue over ...

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    Metro opening aims to make Milano even more liveable


    ITALY: An extension of Milano metro Line M4 has opened, providing a direct link from Linate airport to the city centre. The 5·3 km first phase of M4 from the airport as far as Dateo opened in November 2022, but was initially isolated from the rest ...

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    Narrow gauge hydrogen trains ordered


    ITALY: Sardinian transport operator ARST and Ferrovie della Calabria have placed a joint order for 12 hydrogen powered multiple-units. The €156m contract awarded to Stadler on June 19 is being funded from Italy’s National Recovery & Resilience Plan. The 950 mm gauge trainsets will be 50 ...