by Keri Allan
10 Jan 2023
Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) has signed an agreement with Hitachi, Mermec, Progress Rail and Alstom to install ERTMS technology on board its trains.
This is being made possible via state and compatible economic incentives, which currently cover roughly 40% – 300m EUR (322.14m USD) – of the cost.
This agreement follows on from the launch of a tender in 2022 to equip over 4,000 kilometres of RFI’s rail network with ERTMS. The new contract will enable on-board train systems to communicate with the trackside instrumentation.
The manufacturers will now develop and upgrade the on-board systems for six train types currently equipped with Sistema Controllo Marcia Treno (SCMT). This will eliminate trackside train light signals and digitally transfer them to the driver’s dashboard.
RFI plans to invest a total of 13 billion EUR (13.96bn USD) into making ERTMS the standard across its entire network by 2036.
The technology has been operating on Italy’s high-speed lines for over ten years, but will now be rolled out across regional lines, freight and urban nodes.
It’s estimated that this large-scale upgrade will save around 4bn EUR (4.29bn USD) in investment and maintenance costs, as well as improve performance and provide energy savings of more than 15% for railway companies.
RFI is now in discussions with roughly 40 railway companies regarding the upgrade of the other 95 SCMT-equipped train types operating on its network.
This will then be extended out to all other similar trainsets that are compliant.
FS Italiane has announced that new high-speed Trenitalia rail services between Rome and Milan commenced service on 23 January.
Trenitalia’s ‘Blues’ battery hybrid train is the first tri-mode train to enter passenger service in Europe.
The first section of the Milan Metro M4 line has begun passenger service following the inauguration of six stations.
A consortium led by Rizzani De Eccher will construct a rail connection between the Mestre-Trieste line and Venice Marco Polo airport.
A Hitachi Rail consortium will design and deliver ERTMS digital signalling on 1,885km of rail network across central and northern Italy.
Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) has awarded a framework agreement to Hitachi Rail to manufacture the new trains for the Milan Metro.
Škoda Group has opened the office of its new subsidiary in Florence, Italy to strengthen its international presence.
Alstom has signed a framework agreement with Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) to deliver an ERTMS supervision and control system across Italy.
Alstom has been contracted to supply Italian railway operator, Polo Mercitalia (FS Group) with 20 Traxx DC3 electric locomotives.
Three new Trenitalia Frecciarossa services have begun this week providing direct connections between Rome’s Fiumicino Airport and Naples.
The EC has approved an Italian scheme to compensate rail freight companies for financial damage suffered due to the pandemic.
Alstom has signed an agreement to deliver a further 20 Traxx DC3 electric locomotives to Italy-based GTS Rail.
RFI has awarded its tender for the design and construction of an ERTMS across 4,200 kilometres of railway lines in Italy.
Alstom has signed three new supply contracts for Traxx DC3 locomotives in Italy during the latter half of January.
Hitachi Rail, Alstom and Ceit have signed an ERTMS contract with Italian Railways on 700km of track in four Italian regions.
Alstom has signed two contracts with Divisione Ferroviaria TUA, worth a total of 33m euros, to improve the Abruzzo rail network in Italy.
Hitachi Rail has signed an agreement with AMT to supply Genoa Metro with 14 new trains. These will support the expansion of the Metro.
Alstom has won the contract to supply line 1 of the Turin Metro its latest generation fully driverless train-to-train CBTC system.
Webuild has completed the installation of the Buttaceto Viaduct on the Bicocca-Catenanuova section of the Palermo-Catania line.
European rolling stock leasing company Railpool has ordered 15 electric Traxx locomotives from manufacturer Alstom.
Hitachi Rail and FERROVIENORD have signed a contract for the delivery of 50 high-capacity regional trains for Lombardy, Italy.
AECOM has signed a memorandum of understanding to upgrade Italy’s Apennine diesel railway with hydrogen trains.
Alstom and Plastic Omnium have signed a MoU to work together on the development of high-end hydrogen storage systems for the railway sector.
Alstom has signed a framework agreement to supply Trenitalia with 150 Coradia Stream regional trains in deal valued at 910m euros.
Webuild has constructed the third steel-arched railway bridge on the Naples‐Cancello section of the Naples‐Bari high speed/capacity rail line.
Webuild and partners have won a contract to excavate a section of the Turin-Lyon high-speed/high-capacity railway base tunnel.
Webuild has won a contract that will see it help to double the capacity of the Palermo-Catania-Messina high-capacity railway in Sicily.
Webuild Group has won a contract for the design and construction of the Orsara-Hirpinia section of the Naples-Bari high-speed railway.
Webuild Group identified as best bidder for a design and build contract for the Orsara-Bovino section of the Naples-Bari high-speed railway.
The IRICAV Due Consortium is set to start work on a section of Italy’s Verona-Padua high-speed, high-capacity railway.
Ferrovienord (Italy) has ordered 20 Alstom Coradia Stream regional electric trains under a framework agreement signed in 2019.
Hitachi Rail has contracted Knorr-Bremse and two of its subsidiaries to provide braking, entrance and HVAC systems for 30 trams for Turin.
Webuild has won a railway contract in Sicily worth €1 billion. The contract is for doubling the railway line between Messina and Catania.
Italy: Trentialia has awarded an integrated logistics support contract to Hitachi Rail for its high-speed Frecciarossa fleet.
Webuild has been chosen as the best bidder for a Brenner Base Tunnel rail extension project. It will be the majority leader in a consortium.
Hitachi Rail has successfully trialled its first battery-powered tram in Italy. Battery-powered trams can make do without overhead lines.
Stadler will supply eight electric multiple units for the Centovalli railway between Switzerland and Italy starting in 2023.
Italy is to get its first hydrogen trains with delivery starting in 2023. FNM has ordered six Coradia Stream trains from Alstom for Lombardy.
ATM (Milan) and Stadler have signed a framework agreement for up to 80 TRAMLINK trams. ATM has placed an initial order for 30 units.
Work begins on the high-speed and high-capacity railway line between Verona and Padua. It is part of the Milan-Venice high-speed line.
Hitachi Rail and Bombardier have signed a contract with Trenitalia to design and build 23 Frecciarossa 1000 very high-speed trains.
CZ Loko has won a new customer. EVM Rail has ordered one EffiShunter 1000 locomotive. The agreement includes an option for a a second unit.
CAF has won maintenance contracts for trams, metros and suburban trains in Spain, Italy, Brazil and Colombia worth a total of €40 million.
Eurofima has entered into a financing transaction with FS Italiane. It will loan 240 million euros to the Italian operator for 14 years.
The ninth edition of EXPO Ferroviaria, Italy’s showcase for railway technologies, products and systems, closed at Rho Fiera Milano.
At Ferroviaria 2019 Stadler and FNM have presented a mock-up of the new FLIRT diesel-electric multiple unit for the Lombardy region.
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