ITALY: The first of 10 Leonardo trainsets for metro Line M2 in Milano entered service on November 4.

Transport operator ATM ordered 30 six-car trainsets from AnsaldoBreda in 2012. The €220m cost is coming from ATM’s funds, including a loan from the European Investment Bank. The order was a response to increasing ridership, with Line M2 now carrying more than 500 000 passengers/day.

The first Leonardo train for Line M1 arrived in Milano from AnsaldoBreda’s Pistoia factory on July 29 2014. So far, 14 are in service on Line M1, with the 20th set to enter service by the end of June 2016. The 10th train for Line M2 is due to enter service by the end of February 2016.

The 107 m long walkthrough trains have capacity for 1 232 passengers, and are equipped with air-conditioning and LED lighting. Their maximum speed is 90 km/h, and they have energy consumption up to 25% lower than in the older trains, according to ATM.