The Italian region of Lombardy will invest more than EUR 1.6 billion in the acquisition of new trains in order to substantially improve the life-cycle of the entire rolling stock fleet. The strategy was unveiled by Roberto Maroni, Governor of the Lombardy region located in northwestern Italy.
In the coming months, three tenders will be launched for the purchase of a total of 160 trains as follows: 104 double-decker suburban trains for regional transport services in the Milan area, 32 EMUs and 24 DMUs, the latter to run on non-electrified lines around Pavia, Cremona and Brescia.
It is estimated that the first trains will be delivered within two years after signing the contract, followed by the introduction, on regional services, of 2 to 4 trains per month.
According to the Lombardy administration, about 350 trains are used for regional transport services, of which half were put into circulation in 2007, the rest being in operation from 1975 to 1990.
Lombardy intends to renew the entire rolling stock fleet by 2025.