Trenitalia: the first two Rock trains are delivered to Tuscany

Operating between Florence-Pisa and Florence-Arezzo

Florence, 29 May 2020

The first two Rock trains arrive to renew the Tuscan fleet.

The convoys are part of the supply of 100 new trains envisaged in the 2020-2034 Service Contract, signed in November 2019 by Regione Toscana and Trenitalia. The 15-year contract foresees investments of almost 1.4 billion euro, of which around 913 million is destined to the renewal of the fleet that passes from an average age of 16 years to 7.6 years in 2024.

In the two years of 2020 and 2021, 15 Rock trains will be available in Tuscany. Not only Made in Italy but also Made in Tuscany, they were constructed in the Pistoia plant by Hitachi Rail Italy. The new Rock trains will come into service within the coming days on the Florence-Pisa and Florence-Valdarno-Arezzo lines.

Delivery took place this morning in the railway depot of Osmannoro (Firenze), with Vincenzo Ceccarelli - Trenitalia and Tuscany’s Regional Councillor for Infrastructure and Transport, Orazio Iacono - Chief Executive Officer, Sabrina De Filippis - the director of Trenitalia’s Long Haul Passenger division, and Gianluca Scarpellini - Regional Director for Tuscany.

On this occasion, Councillor Vincenzo Ceccarelli was shown the sanitisation activities to which the convoys are subjected daily, following the COVID-19 protocol. To ensure safe travels, the new Rock trains have also been equipped with: markers on the seats not to be occupied, signs on the doors for boarding and alighting, indications on the floor to signal the nearest exit and the distance to maintain between other passengers, in addition to the presence of hand sanitiser dispensers.

Rock, more comfort for everybody

A double-decker, high-capacity train revolutionising the travel experience is designed around people: a top speed of 160 km/h and over 600 seats, roomier seating for passengers, bigger windows to admire the beauties of the Bel Paese, an intranet portal, a children’s stroller area, LED lighting, a new air-conditioning system, plus 220 V outlets and USB ports for charging tablets and smartphones.

Video surveillance and information

50 CCTV cameras for safe travels and information to passengers on monitors that are twice as large as in the past.

Environmental sustainability

An eco-sustainable train recyclable up to 97% with a 30% reduction in energy consumption compared to previous trains, along with the use of recycled raw materials, characterise the ecological footprint of the Rock train.

Passengers with reduced mobility

Four posts are dedicated to disabled passengers, located in the immediate vicinity of the access doors and bathrooms, in order to minimise the need to move about the train. The vehicles are constructed in such a way as to facilitate people with reduced mobility boarding and alighting.

Bicycle transport

Nine bike slots with electrical sockets included to charge new-generation models, as well as luggage racks.