INFRASTRUCTURE manager Italian Rail Network (RFI) has provisionally awarded Tesmec Rail two lots of a tender to supply bi-mode infrastructure maintenance vehicles, which the manufacturer says have a total value of €109m.

Lot 1 covers the supply and full maintenance over six years of 32 bi-mode vehicles for the conventional network, able to take power from the overhead line at 3kV dc.

Lot 2 comprises 12 maintenance vehicles for the high-speed network, taking power at 25kV ac, and including full maintenance over six years.

RFI will have the right to renew the full maintenance service agreement for a further six years under the same contract conditions.

Both vehicle types will also be equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system and will be fitted with ETCS Level 2 onboard equipment “for interoperability in Europe,” according to Tesmec.

The new vehicles will be certified to enable them to operate as passenger trains throughout the RFI network.

“We are very satisfied because it is additional evidence of our product development strategy in the railway sector,” says Tesmec chairman and CEO, Mr Ambrogio Caccia Dominioni.

“We are confident that it allows us to strengthen our reference for sustainable solutions, a segment where we are expecting considerable growth generated by the huge investment under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan to encourage the development of sustainable railway infrastructure.”