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Stadler has announced that they have been awarded a contract by Ente Autonomo Volturno (EAV) to supply 40 brand new electric trains.
Stadler will initially deliver 23 units, which they will also provide the maintenance and repairs for five years after completing the trains.
The new vehicles will be 40 meters in length and run on 950mm gauge track. Aluminium will be used throughout the bodies to reduce the weight, in turn reducing the energy required to move the units.
To provide quick and easy access onto and off the trains, five doors will be fitted on each side, this feature being particularly important as the trains will be used on busy commuter routes.
Internally the gangways have been designed to move passengers efficiently around each unit.
All this design work should hopefully make the new fleet the best for the Vesuvian railway lines and serve many passengers for decades to come.
EAV President Umberto De Gregorio expressed his “Satisfaction with the start of the collaboration with Stadler which will finally allow for the construction of forty new trains enriching the fleet of Vesuvian lines. We are therefore launching the process of renewing the fleet which will allow us, in the coming years, to respond adequately to the demand for mobility of a particularly significant territory for the Campania region such as the Vesuvius”.
Iñigo Parra, CEO of Stadler Valencia, said: “We are proud to have been appointed to deliver the modern trains to operate urban and suburban services on one of the most characteristic and iconic networks in the Italian railway panorama. We are pleased to contribute with our technology and know-how to this important mobility project, improving travel experience for both residents and tourists.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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