Trains for Italy
Hitachi Rail SpA and Bombardier Transportation, in a partnership expected to involve company participation of 60 per cent and 40 per cent respectively, will supply 14 Frecciarossa 1000 (Red Arrow in English) very high-speed trains to Trenitalia (Italian Railways), as well as a ten years’ maintenance service agreement for the new trains. The contract overall value is around 575 million euros with the Bombardier share valued at 233 million euros and the Hitachi share valued at 342 million euros.

Each train has a total length of around 200 metres, capacity for around 460 passengers and is capable of commercial speeds of up to 360 km/h. State-of-the-art aerodynamics and energy saving technologies give the train unmatched operating efficiency. There is WiFi onboard a meeting room and bistro area.

Not only is the Frecciarossa 1000 the fastest ever service high speed train in Europe, but it is also the quietest, with minimal vibration. The trains are designed and built in Italy, and operable on high-speed rail networks equipped with multi-voltage technology fulfilling all TSI requirements.

Maurizio Manfellotto, CEO at Hitachi Rail SpA and Group COO Service and Maintenance Hitachi Rail said: “We worked closely with Trenitalia to deliver a train which has dramatically enhanced the performance and customer experience of the Italian high-speed rail network. The Frecciarossa 1000 is a perfect example of how suppliers and customers working together towards a common goal can deliver for passengers. This order for 14 new trains and the related maintenance services are proof of the success we have achieved.”

Luigi Corradi, Managing Director, Italy, Bombardier Transportation, said: “As a full solution provider, Bombardier is looking forward to demonstrating continued excellence in the Italian rail market, supporting Italian customers in the realisation of their long-term mobility plans, across a range of speeds and vehicle sectors, strengthened by our partnership approach.”

Super Novas
RS 156 bFriday 5th July marked a major milestone for rail customers across the North and Scotland as TransPennine Express (TPE) officially welcomed the first of its brand-new Nova 1 trains following formal acceptance from the Office of Rail and Road.

Built by Hitachi Rail and financed by Angel Trains, the bullet-style Nova 1 trains will mean more carriages and extra seats for customers and the on-board experience will be completely transformed. TPE will be receiving 19 five carriage Nova 1 trains, each containing 342 seats, an extra 161 compared to its current trains.

“The acceptance of the first Nova 1 train is a key step towards the introduction of more trains and more carriages for customers,” commented Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director for TransPennine Express. “Together with our partners, we are working hard to get each of our Nova fleets into service as soon as possible.”


HS2 proposal
RS 156 cCAF has announced its bid to supply rolling stock for the UK’s revolutionary HS2 project. It is proposing the high-speed Oaris platform to meet the exacting requirements of the £2.75 billion contract to design, build and maintain at least 54 trains for Phase One of HS2.

CAF UK director Richard Garner explained the benefits of Oaris: “The platform uses the latest technology to offer high-speed travel and has demonstrated its capacity to operate at speeds over 360 km/h – combined with the advantages of proven reliability, comfort and safety. Exciting and innovative solutions mean our trains meet the highest international standards for passenger experience, noise reduction, and environmental sustainability.”

Andrés Arizkorreta, CEO and Chairman of CAF Group added: “HS2 is such an iconic project, one which we consider to be business critical. It is instrumental to the future of the UK economy and this impact will be felt for generations to come.”

In 2018 CAF opened a new manufacturing facility in Newport, South Wales, where the company is investing in local training and employment. Current contracts scheduled to manufacture and deliver to UK franchises include; DMU’s for the Northern, West Midlands and Wales and Borders Franchises.