In September 2016 the new strategic, ten year plan was presented, and with it the central role that the FS Italiane Group seeks to have in the evolution of the mobility system. FS Italiane: from national rail company to international mobility company, through an integration process of the traditional businesses of rail transport with those of road transport and urban transport, in Italy and abroad.
Over the course of the year, a series of initiatives have already been launched which are aimed at reaching the goals of the plan, which follow five fundamental strategic foundations: integrated passenger and logistics mobility, strengthening and integrating rail and road infrastructure, international development and, as an enabling factor of the entire plan, the application of advanced, digital technology to meet the needs of our clients (digital & customer centricity).
Integrated mobility for passengers
In line with the strategic goals of the new Industrial Plan, the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group intends to no longer put itself forward as a rail operator but as an operator which can accompany travellers from their doorways up to their destination, and which can adapt to the various different needs of collective mobility.
Currently 80% of people get around using private vehicles, 15% use shared methods or public transport and just 5% use railway services. So as to rebalance the shift in methods between rail and road, the group has determined that it will renew 450 trains used for regional services and purchase 3000 buses.
«For a smart city, it is important to have a smart station. The infrastructures have to be more integrated in the city and be more eco-friendly, with good architectural design, robust materials and affordable systems. Standardisation and innovation should help”. […] If rail stations wish to continue to play new roles and become centre of human interaction, they need to continuously provide new services that consider the current and future needs of commuters. We also need to pay attention to small and medium stations, whose business model is more difficult. They are equally important for passengers and we shall not forget about them in this conference».
UIC CHAIRMAN, CEO AND DG OF FERROVIE DELLO STATO ITALIANE GROUP RENATO MAZZONCINI AT NEXTSTATION, THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RAILWAY STATIONS (MADRID, 19-21 OCTOBER 2017)
A fleet of regional trains under renovation
On the regional transport front, the new Rock and Pop trains are part of the recent fleet renewal project. More comfortable, more sustainable, and more accessible, the new trains, currently under construction, have been commissioned by Trenitalia to Hitachi Rail Italy and Alstom, respectively. The new regional train fleets - a total of 300 Rock and 150 Pop - make up the supply of 450 new convoys for an order worth over 4 billion euros which, for its economic value and number of trains, is unprecedented in Italy. Trains will be delivered beginning is spring 2019.
The new trains are 95% recyclable and will allow, starting in 2019, convoys with higher energy performance, allowing a reduction of energy consumption equal to 30% compared to previous models. The FS Italiane Group's performance was recently recognized by the financial market with the signing of the first green bond issued by a railway operator for the purchase of new trains, both for regional transport and for high-speed trains.
The renewal of the bus fleet
In the area of collective transport by road, the Busitalia Sita Nord bus fleet is being renewed with the purchase of Euro 6 motorized vehicles equipped with construction technologies and devices able to guarantee low energy consumption and increase load capacity, obtaining a substantial reduction of emissions of leachate and nitrogen oxides, compared to those of the previous generation, in addition to a significant reduction of CO2 emissions.
Integrated transport services for travellers
The 2017-2026 Business Plan not only includes the upgrading of high-speed services and regional transport, but also the growth of FrecciaLink connections, the integrated service of Trenitalia Frecce + bus, as well as the partnership with car sharing services, such as Enjoy, and bike sharing in different cities (Bicincittà in Turin and Padua, Clear Channel in Milan and Verona) in order to reduce travel by private motor vehicles. Recently, Umbria.GO was founded, the first model of integration between the various carriers of the FS Italiane Umbrian regional group. Also in the name of integrated mobility, in June 2018 a new driver car rental service was launched to and from major Italian cities. The service is the result of the collaboration between Trenitalia and Your Personal James.
Mercitalia Rail and TX Logistik have acquired 125 new electric locomotives for a total investment of around 400 million euro. Mercitalia Intermodal and Mercitalia Rail have acquired 250 new wagons for a total investment of around 27 million euro. The first deliveries are scheduled for 2018.
In the freight and logistics sector, the strategy being implemented is to maximize the benefits of intermodal transport through Polo Mercitalia, which has the role of revitalizing Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group's goods business by developing integrated solutions that make it possible to enhance railway transport. The main objectives include contributing to the goals set forth in the "White Paper 2011 - A roadmap to a single European transport area - for a competitive and sustainable transport policy” including the transfer of a share of the transport of goods by road for distances greater than 300 km to other transport modes (railways, waterways, etc.) equal to 30% by 2030 and 50% by 2050.