The agreement includes approximately €184m for improvements to stations, the tunnel fire safety system and electricity power supply, and around €5m to upgrade train control systems and passenger information displays. Rolling stock spending will comprise for €134m for 14 new trains, €66m for extraordinary train maintenance, and €36m for the renewal of rolling stock on Line A.

Raggi says the condition of Rome metro’s two oldest lines, and particularly Line A, has deteriorated impacting train service reliability. “This is unacceptable,” Raggi says. “Problems have been aggravated by years of neglect and the abandonment of maintenance.” She says the additional resources will translate into “on-time trains, new tracks, upgrading of electrical systems, tunnels and platforms of the renovated stations.”