ITALY: Torino transport operator GTT has selected Hitachi Rail SpA as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 30 trams.

Hitachi beat four other bidders to win the €63·4m contract, which is expected to be signed by the start of October. The value includes €1·1m for spare parts.

The first tram is due to be completed in 18 months, and is due to enter passenger service in early 2021. Work is due to take place at Hitachi’s factories in Napoli, Pistoia and Reggio Calabria; styling and interior design will be carried out by Giugiaro Architettura.

The 28 m long low-floor vehicles will have capacity for 200 passengers, and will be equipped with air-conditioning and two wheelchair spaces.

The order is being financed by the Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport. The city of Torino and GTT have applied to the ministry for financing of a further 40 trams.