A new high-speed rail link is to open between Milan, Italy and Ljubljana, Slovenia, served by the famous Pininfarina-designed ETR 700 trains.
There is a departure date for the new Milan Centrale – Ljubljana connection with the ETR 700, according to the Italian website ferrovie.info.
According to the latest unofficial information, the convoy should start connecting the two cities on 9 June 2024.
As already known, the convoy will be classified 139/137 departing from Milano Centrale at 15:15, with stops in Brescia, Peschiera del Garda, Verona Porta Nuova, Vicenza, Padova, Venezia Mestre, Portogruaro, Trieste Airport, Monfalcone, Trieste Centrale, Villa Opicina, Divača, Postojna and Ljubljana, where it will arrive at 22:09.
On the return journey, train 136/138 will depart Ljubljana at 6:55 and, making the same stops with only Desenzano replacing Peschiera del Garda, will arrive at Milano Centrale at 13:45.
The service would replace the current Frecciarossa 9726/9737 service between Milan and Trieste Centrale, following its timetable.
According to rumours, there would also be regular stops in Latisana and Cervignano during the summer period. After rumours of departure on 1 April, current information suggests that it could be 9 June, with an official announcement from Trenitalia still awaited.
High-speed train designed by Pininfarina
The Trenitalia ETR 700, originally NS Hispeed V250, is a high-speed train designed by Pininfarina and built by AnsaldoBreda originally for NS International and NMBS/SNCB to operate on the Fyra service, a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Brussels with a branch to Breda on the new HSL-Zuid line built in the Netherlands and its HSL 4 extension in Belgium.
The V250s were delivered with a significant delay. Full commercial services with the V250s started on 9 December 2012, but were stopped only 39 days later, on 17 January 2013, after the Belgian Railway Inspection Agency suspended the trains’ operating licence due to safety and structural problems related to the construction and maintenance of the V250s. All were withdrawn from service and sent back to AnsaldoBreda in Italy.
In August 2017, Trenitalia purchased all 19 V250 trainsets to expand its high-speed fleet and renamed them ETR700. After being refurbished, they entered service on Frecciargento services on the Adriatic Railway between Milan and Lecce in 2019. Seventeen trainsets will be used for services and the other two will be used for spare parts.