Alstom to supply 54 additional Coradia Stream “Pop” regional trains to Trenitalia

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Alstom has been awarded four contracts totalling around €330 million by Trenitalia, the Italian national train operator, for the supply of 54 Coradia Stream regional trains. The trains are destined for the Italian regions of Abruzzo (4 trains), Liguria (15 trains), Marche (4 trains) and Veneto (31 trains) as part of the framework agreement signed in 2016 between Alstom and Trenitalia (1). The 54 additional trains add to the 47 trains already ordered by the Emilia Romagna region in 2016.

Alstom’s Coradia Stream for Trenitalia, dubbed “Pop” by the customer, is the latest generation of trains designed for regional and intercity lines. Coradia Stream is an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) with maximum speed of 160 km/h in the regional version. The train ordered by Trenitalia can transport more than 300 passengers seated, offering easy accessibility thanks to its low floor. Designed to be eco-friendly, the train is 95% recyclable.

“We are very pleased that Trenitalia and Abruzzo, Liguria, Marche, Veneto have renewed their confidence in Alstom’s Coradia range of regional trains and we hope to get on board with other regions. The “Pop” is proving to be widely appreciated by local authorities and by passengers, who got a glimpse of it in full-scale mock-up form during a recent roadshow,” said Michele Viale, Managing Director Alstom in Italy.

Coradia Stream can be easily customised to different services. Interior layouts and seating arrangements can be modified, to provide for example, more seats for longer journeys, or fewer seats and more standing room for shorter trips. The cars’ interior layout can be adapted to seasons and specific needs: it is possible to add bicycle or ski racks, electric sockets, Wi-Fi connection, vending machines for drinks and snacks, multimedia areas, areas for working or relaxation. Aboard the Coradia Stream, comfort, space, and light are maximised by larger windows, while advanced services, such as infotainment, audio and video feeds and a live video surveillance system, ensure comfort and security.

The Coradia Stream “Pop” trains are manufactured by Alstom in Italy. Project development, most of the manufacturing and certification are performed at Alstom’s site in Savigliano, Cuneo. Design and manufacturing of the traction systems and auxiliary switches takes place at the Sesto San Giovanni plant (Milan), and the on-board signalling systems are delivered by the Bologna site.
(1) A frame agreement for the supply of 150 medium-capacity regional trains including a first firm order of 47 trains was signed in August 2016 between Alstom and Trenitalia.

YIT, Pöyry and VR Track signed an alliance contract on the development phase of the second part of the Tampere light rail project

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YIT, Pöyry Finland and VR Track have signed an alliance contract with the City of Tampere and Tampereen Raitiotie Oy on the development phase of the second part of the Tampere light rail project. The project will be performed using the alliance model, where YIT, Pöyry and VR Track provide the services ordered by the City of Tampere and Tampereen Raitiotie Oy. In the alliance model, the client, designers and contractors cooperate throughout the project.

The development phase is estimated to be completed by the end of 2020, and its cost estimate is EUR 2.9 million. In the development phase, the best possible solutions to support the construction of the rail line between Pyynikintori and Lentäväniemi are reviewed. The rail line will be designed and constructed in cooperation with the city’s residents, communities, companies and property owners. The order of the development phase was registered in the first quarter of 2018.

“The development of growing urban environments is strategically important to YIT. Regarding the implementation of projects, we want to be involved in the development of more cooperative implementation models. In the Tampere light rail project, both of these aspects are realised. The cooperation between the parties in the alliance in earlier phases of the project has already shown its capabilities, and it is great that we can continue this in the development phase of the western section as well,” says YIT Vice President Jarkko Salmenoja.

“The second part of the Tampere light rail project is an interesting and challenging urban light rail project, where the alliance can now take full advantage of the experiences of the first part. At Pöyry, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer our infrastructure expertise in the second part of this project as well,” says Mikko Inkala, Business Unit President at Pöyry in charge of infrastructure business in Northern Europe.

“VR Track is seeking growth in the light rail and urban environment sectors. We are very excited to be involved in the second part of the project that provides strong support for the development of the Tampere region. We have excellent resources to guarantee success, as our designers can take advantage of the experiences in the first phase and receive immediate feedback and development ideas from on-going construction projects,” say VR Track Vice President, Consulting, Harri Yli-Villamo and Vice President, Construction, Jouni Kekäle.

The preliminary schedule for the construction of second part of the light rail line is in 2021–2024. It will expand the rail network from the city centre to Lentäväniemi.

In the currently ongoing first part of the project, a 15 km rail line will be constructed from city centre to Hervanta and the Central Hospital, and a depot will be constructed in Hervanta.

New Intercity Express trains arrives in Inverness

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  • Next generation Intercity Express train arrives at Inverness depot for testing for the first time, ahead of trains carrying Scottish passengers later this year
  • Passengers will benefit from more reliable services with the introduction of modern trains and the £5 million invested by Hitachi Rail in the depot as part of the government-led Intercity Express Programme.
  • Modern trains will offer more seats, more legroom and better on-board technology, including fast Wi-Fi
  • Faster acceleration will reduce journey times to the rest of the UK

A new Intercity Express train has arrived in Inverness depot for the first time today, ahead of improving passenger journeys when they enter service later this year.

The Hitachi-built train, which will offer customers more seats, space and improved on-board technology, is doing test runs in Scotland and giving depot staff the chance to familiarise themselves with the train.

A £5 million investment has been made at Inverness depot, by Hitachi Rail through the government-led Intercity Express Programme, to allow the trains to be serviced and maintained using modern technology, this in turn will mean more reliable, delay-free journeys for passengers.

New fleet of Intercity Express trains in Scotland

The new train, which draws from world leading Japanese bullet train technology, is the first of a fleet of 65 Intercity Express trains that will run from Inverness and Aberdeen, via Edinburgh, to London.

The trains will offer customers far more seats – with up to 81 extra per train – as well as more legroom and space for luggage and bicycles.

Passengers will also benefit from new on-board technology, including faster Wi-Fi, and a traffic-light style seat reservation system.

In a first for a UK passengers, the Intercity Express trains , which are already in operation on the Great Western Mainline, are a hybrid. They can run on either electric or diesel power, meaning they are both more flexible and better for the environment.

Under electric power the trains will produce no emissions and have a maximum speed of 125mph. Yet, even in diesel mode, harmful emissions, like PM10 and NOx, will be reduced by up to 90%, compared to older trains (like the 40 year-old HST).

Hitachi Rail’s wider investment in Scotland

The new trains and depot infrastructure are being built as part of the UK Government-led £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme that is also supported by Hitachi’sinvestment in their £82m purpose-built factory at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

A further £20 million is being invested in depots across Scotland, at sites including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, to maximise the reliability of trains for passengers.

This will see upskilling of depot staff and the installation of new technology to allow the trains to be maintained and serviced in Scotland for 27½ years.

The move will also see around 300 people employed in depots in across the country and a renewed focus on bringing new talent into the industry.

The Intercity Express trains that are due to run on the East Coast Main Line are just one of three different fleets that Hitachi is building for Scotland.

There are also 70 Class 385 electric commuter trains, which will run between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and 19 Transpennine Express trains that will connect Northern England with major cities in Scotland.

Andy Rogers, Intercity Express Programme Director, at Hitachi Rail said:

“We’ve beaten the snow and the so-called ‘beast from the east’, with the train completing its test run from Edinburgh to Inverness successfully.

“Having the train at the depot, with its new £5m investment, is an important milestone for the project and it means the start of service is a step closer for people in Scotland.

“Later this year, trains will make it easier and more pleasant for passengers to travel around the country, boosting leisure journeys, connectivity and local economies.”

Rail Minister Jo Johnson said:

“We are investing in the biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era to give passengers what they want – more frequent services and quicker journeys.

“The new state-of-the-art Intercity Express fleet provide more space, more comfort and more reliability for passengers on the East Coast Line when they are introduced later this year, with 65 new trains and nearly 500 new carriages running between London and Scotland. These trains are part of the £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme that will bring in modern faster trains across the country.”