Railway Roma-Civita-Viterbo, 11 level crossings to be deleted

The construction sites were opened for the elimination of 11 level crossings on the railway line Roma-Civita Castellana-Viterbo owned by the Lazio Region and managed by Atac.

The work, a result of an investment of 9.1 million Euro by Astral, will end within 15 months.

The commissioning of the railway safety concerns the city of Civita Castellana, Fabrica di Roma and Corchiano, where there are some crossings at grade level, unattended and public.

The announcement was given by the Lazio Region and the President Zingaretti noted that "with the start of the works to eliminate these level crossings, we maintain a commitment to ensure the modernization and the securing of a long-abandoned and stategic railway that, starting from the center of the capital, goes through the northern districts of Roma up to Civita Castellana and Viterbo ".

"It 'a challenge that we are winning together to improve the quality of commuters’ mobility - concludes Zingaretti – and of all those who prefer to move with the public means on iron."

Trenitalia: rules to transport domestic animals

More than 28,000 rail ticket for medium and large dogs, have been sold by early summer. Of these, only 15,000 have been sold since the beginning of August. It is reported in a statement in which Trenitalia welcomes the success of the initiative of this summer reserved to the owners of dogs whose sizes exceed those that would allow them to travel into the "cage" with no ticket price.

This year in fact, "also to contrast the problem of summer abandonments ", Trenitalia has offered to the owners of dogs that can not be accommodated in carriers of measures 70x30x50 a symbolic ticket of 5 euro, regardless of the distance covered. A proposal definitely more advantageous than the standard rate, which provides for a price equal to half of the corresponding ticket paid by the owner.

Small dogs (as well as cats and other animals that can still be accommodated in carriers) are allowed on any train, in first and second class, as well as in Executive Class, Business, Premium and Standard High Speed.

The medium and large sized dogs can travel, provided that brought on a leash and muzzled on Intercity and Intercity Night (IC and ICN) in both first and second class; on trains Frecciabianca, Frecciarossa and Frecciargento, in first and second class and in levels of service Business and Standard (excluding the level of service Executive, Premium, the silence  area and the sitting rooms); on regional trains in the vestibule or the platform of the last carriage, with exclusion of time from 7 am to 9 am on weekdays from Monday to Friday; in the sleeping coaches, couchette carriages and in the Excelsior coach, for compartments purchased in full.

In both cases, it is allowed a maximum number of an animal for traveler.

Naples, the driver has an illness: Frecciarossa against the bumper at the station

Scary moments this morning at the train station of Naples, where a driver has suffered a sudden illness while he was driving a Frecciarossa train from the maintenance plant to the track 16.

Despite it proceed at low speed, the impact against the bumper of the so-called "head station" was inevitable. No person was injured. The train, the Frecciarossa 9610, would have to leave for Turin shortly after 6 am.

Hitachi trains for British Railways

New order, this time from the UK, for the establishment Hitachi Rail Italy (ex AnsaldoBreda) of Pistoia. The English order follows of just 24 hours the agreement between Hitachi and Trenitalia to supply 300 trains to the National Railway operator for the transportation of commuters.

The British government, reports Il Sole 24 Ore today, gave its official approval to the railway company First Great Western (train operator connecting London with the South West England and South Wales) for the purchase from the Hitachi group of other seven AT300 trains (intercity high-speed) for a value of over 100 million euro.

It is an expansion of the size of Britain's rail fleet of the company and an extension of contract signed in the summer, a year ago. In July 2015, in fact, First Great Western had commanded Hitachi 29 high-speed intercity AT300 for connections between London, Devon and Cornwall. The announcement of seven more trains will bring the fleet of the company to 36 new trains. The new fleet, which will be built entirely in the factory in Pistoia, should enter into service by mid-2018.

FS Delrio: confirmed 1.8 billion for regional networks

New step forward for the improvement of regional rail networks. "The government - said Minister for Infrastructure Graziano Delrio - confirms the investment of 1.8 billion on regional rail networks."

"At this amount - says Delrio – must be added 300 million for railway safety of the regional lines of the decree on which was reached an agreement at the State-Regions Conference".

Alstom shows the first new Coradia

Alstom will supply 150 new regional trains for Trenitalia; the framework agreement is valued at approximately 900 million euro and includes an option for the maintenance. The first supply contract is 47 trains with a total of 240 million euro. The beginning of the deliveries of the first trains by Alstom is scheduled within the first months of 2019.

"The award of this contract is a confirmation of the excellent work done by our company in regional transport in the last 15 years. Alstom offers a return of positive experience with Coradia Meridian, a successful train, which has seen the full respect of the times delivery, the quality and reliability of the product. This new project gives us the opportunity to continue working with the regions and with Trenitalia for the growth of Italian regional, "said Michael Viale, General Manager for Alstom Italy and Switzerland.

The new medium-capacity trains for Trenitalia will host up to 321 seats and will be a single-deck, a solution that adapts to multiple configurations and capacities for regional and suburban trains. Trains offer a wide range of interiors, liveries and accessories easily combined with each other. Each region can easily customize its own train, thanks to the interactive configurator.

To date, more than 100 Coradia Meridian travel in Piedmont, Lombardy, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Marche, Abruzzo, Campania and soon will enter service in Trentino and Sicily. While retaining the best features of previous, this evolution of the Coradia train to Trenitalia will be even more innovative thanks to the solutions designed to meet the needs of the Italian regions. This train comes from a careful study of the design and by the return of experience in fleet management.

Passengers will appreciate the comfort, the space, brightness and outstanding service which offer these trains, creating for them a completely new travel experience such as a Wi-Fi available to passengers and cabin crew, an information service, audio video entertainment and a system of live digital video surveillance cameras for the safety of passengers.

The new train, will be even more eco-friendly compared to previous designed as to ensure a lower energy consumption per passenger, despite a greater power installed to meet the air conditioning system. All materials used are recyclable to 95%.

In the design and construction of the new regional trains for Trenitalia we will be involved three Alstom sites in Italy: Savigliano (1,000 employees), Sesto San Giovanni (340 employees) and Bologna (600 employees). The contract will help create a development opportunity for the Italian network of the Alstom suppliers.



App of Trenitalia: 2.5 million tickets sold in the first half 2016 (+ 200% vs. 2015)

Trenitalia sold sixteen million tickets in the first half of 2016 on digital channels, an increase of 17% compared to 2015.

A significant growth particularly with regard to regional tickets. They have been sold, in fact, almost 3.8 million, an increase of 56% compared to the first half of last year. Sixteen million total, about 2.5 million tickets were purchased via mobile, with the App of Trenitalia. The growth has been higher than 200% compared to a year ago.

The evolution of the digital channel is supported by a continuous innovation: the app, which now has over 2.5 million downloads, is enriched with new services introduced to make the experience of the customer even simpler and more intuitive.

In addition to purchasing and booking changes, the real-time notifications on the progress of trains, the display of the best price and the private CartaFRECCIA, now you can even record your credit card number, thus facilitating payment in mobility and the ticket exchange-requested feature that allows you to change the tickets and that equates the app to the other contact channels, thus ensuring a full multi-channel.

"The focus on innovation is very important for us - says Barbara Morgante, managing director of Trenitalia -, we continue the development of digital services to offer our customers more effective solutions and easy to use, in the logic of a continuous improvement of their experience of customer. These services are, in fact, a decisive step towards a complete multi-channel offer, goal we are pursuing for some time " Morgante then concluded:" the results achieved, as well as being a source of satisfaction, confirm that the road taken it is right and, above all, welcome to our customers. "

The App of Trenitalia, available for iPhone, iPad and devices running Android, is a free download from the Apple Store and Google Play.

36 years ago the carnage of Bologna

On 2 August, at 10:25 a.m., a time-bomb contained in an unattended suitcase detonated inside an air-conditioned waiting room, which, the month being August (and with air conditioning being uncommon in Italy at the time), was crammed full of people. The explosion destroyed most of the main building and hit the Ancona–Chiasso train that was waiting at the first platform. The blast was heard for miles. The roof of the waiting room collapsed onto the passengers, which greatly increased the total number killed in the terrorist attack. 85 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded.
On that summer Saturday the station was full of tourists and the city was unprepared for such a massive incident. Many citizens and travelers provided first aid to victims and helped to extract people buried under the rubble. Given the large number of casualties, since the ambulances and emergency vehicles were not sufficient for the transport of the injured to the city's hospitals, firefighters also employed buses, in particular the line 37, private cars and taxis. In order to provide care to the victims of the attack, doctors and hospital staff returned from vacation, as well as departments, closed for summer holidays, were reopened to allow the admission of all patients.
In the following days the central square of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore, hosted large-scale demonstrations of indignation and protest among the population, in which were not spared harsh criticism and protests addressed to government representatives, who attended the funerals of the victims celebrated in the Basilica San Petronio on 6 August. The only applause was reserved for the Italian President Sandro Pertini, who arrived by helicopter in Bologna at 17.30 on the day of the massacre, and said in tears in front of reporters: "I have no words, we are facing the most criminal enterprise that has ever taken place in Italy." The bus no. 37, together with the clock stopped at 10:25, remained a symbol of the massacre. The attack was recorded as the worst atrocity in Italy since World War II.

August 2 is considered the day in memory of all the carnages. Ferrovie.Info does not forget. Italy should not forget.

Clash trains July 12, 2016: concert in memory of the victims

A special concert to commemorate the 23 victims of the clash between two trains took place last July 12, between Andria and Corato, will be held Wednesday, August 3 at 10.00 in the Basilica of San Martino, in Martina Franca.

This was announced by a press release by the City of Andria, the town where most of the victims lived. The concert includes the performance of the famous "Requiem" by Mozart. The city of Andria will be represented by its Mayor, which extended the formal invitation to the event to the families of victims.

Farewell to E.402B in Frecciabianca livery

E.402B in Frecciabianca livery are beginning to disappear. With the introduction of new trains, they have become virtually useless, and are gradually adopting the less flashy XMPR color scheme.

The first two units to receive this "new" color scheme were the E.402B.152 and E.402B.167, both made at the OGR in Foligno.

It disappears, at least on these locos, a very nice livery that has characterized them for several years and will probably continue to exist on E.414 and on Pendolino.

Rome Tram 3 back to original long path

Halved since a decade, the 3 tram is going to run back again along the entire route, from Valle Giulia to the station of Rome Trastevere,  on 8th August. No more stops at Pyramid and relay on the bus. After the yellow pedestrian crosswalk at Porta Portese (the missing piece, according to ATAC, to reactivate the service) and the signs of the stops "hooded" for the Festa de 'noantri , the circular rail regains precious kilometers.

"An important line - said the councilor for Transport, Linda Meleo - to ease the congestion of the traffic and reduce pollution." The problem of insufficient units to cover a wider path would be resolved according Meleo "with small rationalization".

RFI, Roma Casilina: interventions of technological and infrastructural upgrading

From 10.00 pm of Saturday 30 to 8.00 am of Sunday 31, July, there will be possible changes in train movements because of the work made by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana in the station Roma Casilina. Planned interventions of technological and infrastructural upgrading.

To allow works the circulation program of some regional trains (route restrictions, cancellations and substitutions with buses) on the lines Roma – Cassino - Napoli, Roma – Formia - Napoli, Roma - Nettuno e Roma – Velletri –Frascati will be changed.

The detailed information are available at ticket machines self-service, sales channels, on www.trenitalia.com.

RFI, Bologna Central Station: at the start redevelopment of the platform tracks 8 and 9

At the start this morning in Bologna Centrale railway station, the redevelopment works of the platform of tracks 8 and 9.

The intervention – by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana - includes the complete renovation of the sidewalk pavement, with construction of new ground guided paths for the visually impaired and the extraordinary maintenance of the shelter.

To allow the construction activities, the tracks 8 and 9 remain out of service until 4.00 on Sunday 7 August, with resulting in modification of the arrival and departure of some trains and with some possible slowdown up to 5 minutes.

In addition, on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 July, four regional trains between Bologna and San Pietro in Casale will be deleted (departures from Bologna hours 16.52 and 17.40; departures from San Pietro in Casale to 17.46 and 19.05).

Recorded announcements, monitor and luminous LED display will communicate the changes.

A similar operation will be built on the platform of tracks 6 and 7 from Sunday, August 21.

When fully operational, the canopies will also be equipped with new installations of LED lighting and new monitors for public information.

The procurement of materials and disposal of those arising from the demolition will take place "off iron", without creating inconvenience to road traffic in the area.

The end of works is expected by autumn.

Total investment over 4 million euro.


Italferr wins a new contract in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The engineering company of FS Group has been awarded, in consortium with Ird Engineering, a tender for technical assistance to the Railway Regulatory Board (Rrb), prevailing in numerous international consulting firm.

The project, funded by the EU, will start in September 2016 and will run for 12 months.

In detail, the technical assistance to the Railway Regulatory Board (Rrb) and other major rail stakeholders will include updates of the rules and procedures for obtaining a license for train drivers, the study of measures to improve energy efficiency in the railway sector (particularly traction) and staff training on the new railway regulations.

This order is the "second phase" of the project already done previously by Italferr and Ird in 2010/2011, relating to the updating of all rail regulations for the maintenance and operation, in accordance with the Regulations, the technical specifications for interoperability (Sti) and to European standards.

New noise barriers on Brenner line

New measures against noise pollution along the Brenner railway. In 2017 will be realized new noise barriers of height between 4 and 5 meters, for a total of 4 km in the municipalities of Colle Isarco, Bressanone (in the station area), Chiusa (station), Bronzolo and Bolzano. As for the regional capital, it is about 300 meters additional to those provided in the agreement dating back to 2011, which will cover the stretch north of the station along Via Macello.

"It is an integration made possible by the green light came from the Ministry of the Environment - said the commissioner Richard Theiner - who informed that even the well-known buildings such as the former railway ones must be equipped with these protective structures to significantly improve the residents' quality of life".

By resolution approved, the Provincial Government of Bolzano instructed the STA (South Tyrol Transport Authority) to take care of the design also of the new barriers in Bolzano, whose city administration will be involved in the final approval process. The costs for carrying out the work will be for the 80% paid by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) and the remaining 20% ​​by the Province.

News about the new AV/AC line Naples - Bari

It was published in the EU Official Journal the second tender for the new line AV/AC Naples - Bari, related to the section of the line Cancello - Frasso Telesino - Dugenta. The amount specified in the tender is 356 million euro. Today's publication follows the 11 July last year to carry on the works between Naples and Cancello, with sum starting price of 400 million euro.

In October 2016 it is planned to open the envelopes with the award to the most economically advantageous, while the start of work is expected to be in December 2016 with completion of all railway works by 2022. The approval of the final project has given the green light to the development and the execution of all railway works: speeding and doubling of the Cancello - Frasso Telesino (about 16 km), partly flanking the existing line and partly rebuilt for about six kilometers. The track project provides a top speed of 200 km/h.

Work includes the tracks, the signaling and telecommunications, electrical plants and the construction of new stops. In addition, will be realized also all civil works, road and hydraulic and related technological systems, the interventions on environmental mitigation and the disposal, between Caserta and Dugenta, of the existing railway line.

The so-called "shunt Maddaloni" variant of the conventional Rome - Naples line via Cassino, will be the subject of specific Services Conference, convened shortly, which will address the final design concerned together with the local authorities. The shunt has interconnect functions for North-South links to Benevento and the depot of Marcianise Scalo.

The new line Naples - Bari AV/AC, has a total cost estimated at 6.2 billion euro and is one of the works included in the law "Unlock Italy", acceleration and simplification path for the realization of strategic and urgent infrastructure in the country, and it is inserted in the European Corridor TEN-T Mediterranean-Scandinavia.

In addition to the reduction in travel time between Rome and Bari (three hours against the current four), and between Naples and Bari (two hours compared to the current three hours and 40 minutes), it will increase the traffic capacity and develop both the modal interchange (iron/iron and iron/rubber) and environmental sustainability. The rail route Naples - Bari has a key role in the development of the South as it connects two areas that alone reach a share of over 40% of market production in the South.

Last call for E.655/E.656

It is inexorably approaching the end for a historic group of locomotives of Ferrovie dello Stato, the E.655/E.656.

At the moment we are writing, of 461 units produced between 1975 and 1989, only 62 are still operating in the Cargo fleet, respectively divided into 40 E.655, 6 E.656 and 16 E.656N.

The last units setted aside in the Cargo division are:

E.655.044, .079, .089, .214, .276, .279, .518.
E.656.450, .464.

The fate of the Group seems inevitably marked and probably 2016 will be the last year useful to see these locomotives still operating with some regularity. With their final setting aside and demolition, however, will die on RFI tracks also the concept of locomotive with more than 4 axles and articulated body.

GTS for passenger trains?

The GTS logistics group, always involved in freight transport, is now ready for a new initiative, assuming soon the debut on the stock exchange and starting competition with FS and NTV. According to a report in Repubblica Affari&Finanza, GTS is preparing the debut on some passenger lines still not well covered, first of all the Bari - Reggio Calabria. " In Italy - he explained the CEO Alessio Muciaccia on the newspaper - to perform a 500 km train is easier than making a 50".

The operation appears to be already at an advanced stage. "We already have the license and we are working on the security certificate" revealed Muciaccia. "For a small company and very efficient is easier. We are working to develop innovations that connote our trains, careful users, beautiful and full of comfort."

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