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Malpensa express will travel with Alstom


A 29.1 million euros contract signed betweenn Ferrovienord and Alstom to supply 6 regional trains Coradia for Milano Malpensa airport link. The project involves Alstom’s Italian sites of Sesto San Giovanni (Milan), Savigliano (Cuneo) and Bologna.

Milan, 15 May 2008 - FERROVIENORD, a company of FNM Group (the main railway company in Lombardy) has chosen Alstom to supply 6 new regional trains intended to boost the Malpensa Express service, the only railway link between Milan and Malpensa intercontinental airport. The first application contract is worth 29.1 million euros and is part of a framework agreement foreseeing the possibility for FERROVIENORD to extend the supply up to 30 new trains. The financing of the project is part of the 730 million euros allocated by Lombardy Region since 2001, to renew the fleet managed by FNM Group. The delivery of the 6 Coradia is scheduled for February 2010.
Luigi Legnani, CEO of FERROVIENORD, while expressing his satisfaction for the signature of the contract, underlined that “the new train, besides empowering our offer for Malpensa, will allow us to progressively move to the regional service the 6 existing TAF trains (High-Capacity Trains) currently in service on the airport link”.

The tender was launched by FERROVIENORD in August 2007 and offers were submitted by Alstom, CAF and Stadler. The contract was assigned in February 2008 to Alstom, that offered a train made up of four railcars, which is an evolution of the Alstom Coradia CTR, supplied in hundreds of units to Trenitalia and other railway operators.

‘This new contract strengthens the role of Alstom in Lombardy, – Paolo Covoni, General Manager of Alstom Ferroviaria, has stated – a region where the company is currently working on two major projects for Milan’s underground system: signalling enhancement of Line 1 and the implementation of the electric supply system, of the traction systems and of the platform guard system for the new Line 5. Alstom plays a leading role also from an industrial point of view, thanks to the site in Sesto San Giovanni, which is Alstom’s worldwide centre of excellence for traction systems and employs some 470 people and covers an area of 49,000 m2’.

The new multiple-unit trains are an evolution of the successful Alstom Coradia family, which is used throughout Italy, from Trento to Bari, with 272 operating trains overall. Designed to respond the increased demand for mobility in Lombardy from and to the city of Milan, the new train is 67.55 m long and 2.9 m wide. It has 180 seats and its maximum speed is 160 km/h.

The train design is based on new comfort, safety and accessibility standards. As doors are at the same level as railway platforms, passengers can easily enter railcars. In addition, retractable platforms installed on each door remedy the gap between the train and station platforms, allowing also passengers with reduced mobility to easily enter the train. Every train consists of four railcars, i.e. motorised end cars and two intermediate trailer cars. A luggage area has been designed in every railcar. Trains are provided with many on-board services: video surveillance system to prevent assaults, internal lighted displays for information visible from anywhere in the train, audio system, information in Braille, 220 V sockets for mobile phones and laptops. Les trains de la gamme Coradia s’inscrivent dans la démarche environnementale menée par Alstom et sont recyclables à 95 %. La motorisation répartie optimise également le freinage et l’accélération de chaque voiture, permettant de diminuer le niveau de consommation d’énergie.

Three are the Alstom’ Italian sites involved in designing and manufacturing the train. The site in Savigliano (Cuneo) will be responsible for project development, for some of the manufacturing of the trains and homologation activities. The site in Sesto San Giovanni (Milan) will design and manufacture traction systems and auxiliary converters. The site in Bologna will instead be responsible for on-board signalling systems.


Main characteristics

4 articulated railcars (M-T-T-M)
Maximum speed
160 km/h
0-40 Km/h average acceleration
0.92 m/s 2
Average deceleration from 160 Km/h
1.0 m/s 2
Installed power
Continuous 2,000 Kw
4 512 Kw continuous asynchronous motors
1,435 mm
Platform height
600 mm
Door width
1,300 mm
4 on each side
Standing room
4 passengers per m²
Train length
67.55 m
Car width
2,950 mm