The seven-section tram-trains, which can also be operated in pairs, will almost double capacity from 320 to 600 passengers per train, with delivery due to begin in 2020.

The 45m-long vehicles will initially be used on the meter-gauge S60 line between Lugano and Ponte Tresa, replacing the existing fleet which dates from 1978. This will bring a much-needed upgrade in rolling stock, with air-conditioning and CCTV systems internally and externally as well as multi-functional spaces with room for strollers, prams and bicycles.

The 12.3km line was upgraded between 2004 and 2007 to provide a frequency of 15 minutes and there are plans to further upgrade it between 2020 and 2027, with a new direct 4km-long link between Lugano and Mollinazzo, including a tunnel under Lugano’s main station and an extension from Mollinazzo to Manno. Other improvements will follow in a second phase.