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Alstom and Divisione Ferroviaria TUA sign two contracts worth €33 million for the supply of new trains and for a new signalling system on Abruzzo's rail infrastructure

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  • First contract for the supply of three regional Coradia Stream Pop 2.0 trains

  • Second contract for installation of a new ETCS[1]signalling system on the Lanciano-San Vito and Fossacesia/Torino di Sangro-Archi line

11 February 2022Alstom, global leader in smart and sustainable mobility has signed two contracts valued at €33 million with Divisione Ferroviaria TUA, a public company of the Abruzzo region operating in the field of regional passenger mobility services, for the supply of three new Coradia Stream Pop 2.0 trains and the construction of a new signalling system on the Lanciano-San Vito and Fossacesia/Torino di Sangro-Archi routes.

The signature of the contract was celebrated during a press conference in Lanciano attended by the President of the Abruzzo Region, Marco Marsilio, the President of TUA, Gianfranco Giuliante, and the General Manager of Alstom Italia and President and CEO of Alstom Ferroviaria, Michele Viale. Following the press conference, Gianfranco Giuliante and Michele Viale signed the contracts to finalise the purchase of the trains and for the work to modernise the technology of the railway infrastructure.

"We are proud to have been chosen by TUA for these important projects to improve Abruzzo's regional transport system. The Pop train is the latest generation of the Coradia Stream regional train, an easily adaptable, sustainable, high-tech train designed to meet all passenger needs."

Michele Viale
General Manager of Alstom Italy and President and CEO of Alstom Ferroviaria

The new trains

These are new Coradia Stream POP 2.0 trains with 305 seats and a total capacity of 534 with standing passengers. This new regional train is more than 84 metres long, equipped with four traction motors, a bicycle rack, monitors for passenger information, internet on board, waste bins, a people counting system, large interior spaces to facilitate the mobility of disabled travellers, video surveillance cameras and air conditioning which is automatically regulated according to the number of passengers on board.

The Coradia Stream POP 2.0 trains can reach a maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour. The trains will also be equipped with Alstom's ERTMS technology, which will guarantee increased availability, lower environmental impact and lower operating and maintenance costs. The first new Coradia Stream POP 2.0 train is scheduled for delivery in February 2023.

The new signalling system

Alstom will carry out the executive design and construction of an ETCS Level 2 signalling system with GSM-R[1] on the Lanciano-San Vito and Fossacesia/Torino di Sangro-Archi routes.. The system meets the technical specifications for interoperability required by the European Union and the CENELEC[2] standards for railway safety, guaranteeing the highest and most restrictive safety requirement. The signalling installations on the TUA lines enable them to be brought into line with the standards in use on the national infrastructure.

Important investments for the Abruzzo Region

« Thanks to the far-sightedness and attention of the Region, TUA's Railway Division further strengthens its role as an enterprise and makes new vehicles and technology available to the entire community. Significant investments that are even more important because they were made during a particularly difficult period. In other words, TUA is making investments that will be crucial for the mobility of this region in the near future» explained Gianfranco Giuliante, president of TUA.

"We are proud to have been chosen by TUA for these important projects to improve Abruzzo's regional transport system. The Pop train is the latest generation of the Coradia Stream regional train, an easily adaptable, sustainable, high-tech train designed to meet all passenger needs. Pop Coradia Stream trains are manufactured by Alstom in Italy. The design development, and most of the production and certification is carried out at Alstom's site in Savigliano (CN). The design and production of traction systems and other components is carried out in Sesto San Giovanni (MI), while on-board and trackside signalling systems are designed and manufactured at the Bologna plant.”  explained Michele Viale, General Manager of Alstom Italy and President and CEO of Alstom Ferroviaria.

Coradia Stream™ is a state-of-the-art, low-floor, high-performance electric multiple unit (EMU) with a maximum speed of up to 200 km/h that offers a modular design to allow operators to choose their best configuration and interior. Developed for the European market, Coradia Stream is capable of operating on all the main European power supply systems. In total, over 660 trains based on the Coradia Stream™ train family have been ordered by Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Spain, ensuring a well-proven product. The train family also offers emission-free traction solutions such as battery or hydrogen for non-electrified lines. A special high-capacity solution completes the portfolio.

[1] European Train Control System

[2] A radio system for providing voice and data communication between the track and the train

[3] European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization