Speaker at the presentation of the new "Rock" train of Hitachi Rail in Pistoia, Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane talked about future relations with Hitachi.
The collaboration with the Japanese company "will surely grow also abroad because we have to think about 2020 with the liberalization of the railway area", when "surely we will see our Frecciarossa trains whiz in other countries." "In our country there is already competition - added Mazzoncini - we have pushed hard while others railways pushed to brake."
Mazzoncini refers to liberalization of the European railway area on the national high-speed train which will start precisely in 2020, and which will anticipate of three years the liberalization of public service for which we will have to wait until 2023.
Trains affected by this project would obviously be ETR 400 - Frecciarossa 1000, top of the range of Trenitalia. Thanks to their interoperability, these trains are in fact theoretically able to run on the networks of France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands and Belgium.
Mazzoncini’s statement could make people understood that Trenitalia wants to exercise the option to purchase other 10 convoys in order to bring the total number of trains to 60.