The President of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia, and Sabrina De Filippis, the director of Trenitalia’s Long Haul Passenger division, presented the Pop and Rock trains at Venezia Santa Lucia station, in the north-east of Italy.
The trains are part of the 78 new trains for Veneto Region, of which 38 five-car Rock trains, 9 six-car Rock trains and 31 Pop trains. The delivery will take place progressively until July 2023.
The first Rock trains will enter operation on the routes servicing Venice and Verona, Bologna, Conegliano, Udine, Belluno, Bassano and Padova, while Pop trains will serve Venice and Rovigo/Ferrara, Venice and Portogruaro/Trieste and Venice and Vicenza, but also between Mantua, Monselice and Verona. The routes between Venice and Verona are the first connections served by the new trains, and, by June 2020, they will enter commercial operation on the lines between Bassano and Padua and Montebelluna and Padua.
More than 15% of the new trains will offer services by spring, around 30% by 2020 and it is expected that by 2023, all the new trains will deliver transport services on the Veneto railway network, joining the Vivalto and Swing trains from Stadler, that entered transport services in the last seven years.
The Rock double deck-regional trains are manufactured by Hitachi Rail, under a EUR 3 billion contract to deliver Trenitalia 300 high capacity trains.
Manufactured by Alstom, the Pop train is the newest Trenitalia single-deck EMU, delivered under a contract signed in 2016 for up to 150 trains, with an initial order for 27 three-car and 20 four-car trains.