Divisione Ferroviaria TUA, a public company of the Abruzzo region, awarded Alstom two contracts worth EUR 33 million for the supply of three new Coradia Stream Pop 2.0 trains and to build a new signalling system on two railway lines. The first new train is scheduled for delivery in February 2023.
The new Coradia Stream POP 2.0 trains will provide 305 seats and will have a total capacity of 534 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 new trains can reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h and are equipped with Alstom’s ERTMS technology, which will guarantee increased availability, lower environmental impact and lower operating and maintenance costs.
Under the second contract, Alstom will carry out the executive design and construction of an ETCS Level 2 signalling system with GSM-R 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 standards (a radio system for providing voice and data communication between the track and the train). The system will provide increased 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.
“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,” Gianfranco Giuliante, the president of TUA said at the signing ceremony held in Lanciano, in the province of Chieti, part of the Abruzzo region.