ITALIAN State Railways (FS) subsidiary Trenitalia has signed an €861m contract with Hitachi Rail for the supply of 30 new ETR1000 high-speed trains. The contract includes an option for a further 10 trains for an additional €287m.

The new fleet will be manufactured at the company’s Italian factories in Naples and Pistoia, near Florence, with the first deliveries planned to start in spring 2026, at a rate of eight to 10 trains per year.

The trains, like the previous ETR1000s, will sport the red Frecciarossa 1000 livery. They will predominantly be used on the Italian high-speed network, although they can will be equipped with multiple traction and signalling systems and certified to operate on high-speed lines in France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Hitachi has built 58 ETR1000s for Trenitalia since 2010, and a further six have been ordered. The latest order for 30 will bring the total number produced to 94.

The ETR1000 has a top speed of 350km/h, with light alloys used to construct the vehicle’s bodyshell. The train is around 200m-long, with capacity for 460 seated passengers and an onboard bistro.

The new trains will offer an updated interior, with final design details due to be released ahead of passenger service. The trains feature adjustable LED lighting, ambient air-conditioning, access for passengers with reduced mobility, passenger information screens, Wi-Fi and power sockets for laptops and smartphones.

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