Trenitalia orders 6 additional Coradia Meridian regional trains
29 March 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
The order forms part of a frame contract originally signed between Trenitalia and Alstom in 2012. The new trains were presented at a press conference on 25 March 2016.
The Coradia Meridian for Trentino is a 6 car-train EMU type (Electric Multiple Unit), and can run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h with a capacity of around 300 seats. According to Alstom, its concentrated traction system with two motor bogies optimises the electrical braking capability of the train allowing energy consumption and brake wear to be reduced.
Coradia Meridian order forms part of a frame contract signed in 2012
The vehicles are built with a low-floor facility providing easy access to passengers with reduced mobility. Each door is equipped with integrated bridging plates to fill the gap between the train and the platform. For passengers’ comfort and safety, the train is equipped with on-board video-surveillance system as well as display screens visible from all parts of the train, audio information, Braille signs, sockets for mobile phones and laptops, and space dedicated to luggage. Bike storage space will go from 8 to 20 bicycles, which is an important step towards a better integration of transport, moving towards achieving sustainable mobility.
Increased bike storage will lead to better integration of transport
“We are proud of this renewed confidence of Trenitalia and thank the Trentino region for this new order. 10 Italian regions, from Trentino to Sicily, have already chosen our train to improve the experience of their passengers. Coradia Meridian is a made in Italy train, and benefits from Alstom’s experience in regional transportation.” said Pierre Louis Bertina, Managing Director of Alstom in Italy.
In total, 100 Coradia Meridian regional trains are in service throughout Italy. The trains are designed and manufactured in Alstom sites of Savigliano (CN), Sesto San Giovanni (MI) and Bologna.