posted on 8th Nov 2022 08:56
On 7 November 2022, ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi) has awarded a 368 million EUR framework agreement for the manufacturing of new metro trains for the Milan metro, to Hitachi Rail. The award is part of ATM’s massive investment plan to deliver an increasingly sustainable and technologically advanced public transport system.
The investment is made up of a framework agreement for the supply of 46 new metro trains. The first part of this agreement has already been committed for the delivery of 21 trains destined for line M1, worth 168 million EUR. The first metro trains are due to enter service in spring 2024. They will be manufactured in the Italian Hitachi Rail plants in Naples and Reggio Calabria.
The new units will help further renovate the public transport network of the Lombardy capital city, offering passengers more modern, accessible and comfortable trains. They will have a new, fully accessible, design with an uninterrupted view from the front to the end of the service and a surveillance system providing real time video to the control room to improve security onboard.
Each of the 90 km/h trains will be 106.5 m long, composed of six aluminium-bodied cars. The trains will also be equipped with integral air conditioning and the external sides have been designed to be especially resistant to vandalism. In line with Hitachi Rail and ATM’s commitments to decarbonisation and delivering sustainable mobility, the trains have also been designed to meet high levels of recyclability for when they reach the end of their lives.