Milan Transport has entered into a €368 million framework agreement with Hitachi Rail for the supply of 46 metro trains. Railway Supply magazine writes about this, citing IRJ.


The signing of the contract is part of the company’s investment plan launched in 2021. Its goal is to make public transport more comfortable, affordable and environmentally friendly, as well as to compensate for the significant drop in passenger traffic that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first part of the agreement with Hitachi Rail provides for the delivery of 21 trains worth 168 million euros, which should enter service on the M1 line in the spring of 2024.

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The rolling stock currently operating on the M1 line includes six-car Leonardo trainsets, which were supplied by Hitachi Rail Italy and entered service in January 2015. There are also six-car trains of the Firema and AnsaldoBreda 900 series, which first entered service in 2009.

Each of the new trains, which will be built at Hitachi’s factories in Naples and Reggio Calabria, will be 106.5 meters long and will consist of six aluminum-bodied cars with a top speed of 90 km/h. The exterior finishes of the new trains have been specially designed to resist vandalism. The video surveillance system will transmit live footage to the control room to improve safety on board. Trains will also be air-conditioned and quieter, helping passengers feel more comfortable.

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