The new trains, which will be delivered within 24 months, will increase FAL’s fleet of 950mm-gauge DMUs to 23. The latest contract follows an order for 17 of Stadler DMUs which FAL took delivery of in 2012.

The vehicles will be used on the 183km network in Apulia and neighbouring Basilicata on lines including the Bari - Altamura - Matera route.

The car bodies will be made using Stadler’s lightweight aluminium composite construction, with an axleload of 12 tonnes. The trains can be coupled into sets of twos or threes to increase capacity.

The 52.5m-long trains are equipped with low-emission engines that comply with EU Stage IIIB emission standards. The trains, which have around 50% low-floor space to facilitate access, have capacity for 306 passengers, including 154 seated, and are equipped with HVAC equipment and toilets for passengers with reduced mobility.

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