ITALY: Ferrovie Appulo Lucane has awarded Stadler an €8·5m contract to supply an additional three-car diesel multiple-unit for its 950 mm gauge network, along with two intermediate cars to lengthen two existing units from two to three cars. An order for a third intermediate car is expected to follow within three months. The additional vehicles are scheduled to enter service on the Bari – Matera route by April 2018.
FAL currently operates a fleet of 11 two-car and six three-car Stadler DMUs on its 183 km network. The operator said the latest DMU costing €5·7m would be the first that it had been able to fund from revenue alone, although the intermediate cars are being ordered with government support.