Ancona, 17 February 2021
Travelling as of today between Ancona, Macerata and Fabriano is a new Swing train, bringing the total of new regional locomotives to 24 with 11 Jazz, 4 Pop and 9 Swing convoys already on the tracks of the region of Le Marche. The fleet renewal programme is also benefiting performances: Le Marche, with 95 trains out of 100 arriving on time, is one of the most “punctual” regions in Italy.
The convoy was presented this morning by Luigi Corradi, CEO of Trenitalia (FS Italiane Group) to Francesco Acquaroli, President of Le Marche Region. Also present at the brief ceremony held at the Trenitalia Workshop in Ancona were Guido Castelli and Francesco Baldelli, councillors for Transport and Infrastructure of Le Marche Region respectively and, for Trenitalia, Sabrina De Filippis, Director of the Regional Passenger Division, and Fausto Del Rosso, Regional Director for Le Marche.
This modernisation plan will be completed by 2025 with the arrival of another 20 new trains – with 11 Rock, 8 Medium Capacity and 1 Diesel Locomotor – as established by the Service Contract signed by Le Marche Region and Trenitalia, which involves investments totalling 300 million euro, of which 206 million is destined for the renewal of regional trains.
Composed of 3 coaches – two with cockpits at the ends of the train and one towed in the centre – the new train is equipped with two diesel engines and can reach a top speed of 130 kilometres/hour. The Swing convoy features open space architecture, to offer a more pleasant travel experience for passengers and, at the same time, allow total visibility of the train to the crew on board.
Designed to meet new standards of comfort, safety and accessibility, the train has 161 seats, two of which are for people with reduced mobility, as well as 4 bike slots. The entrance to the carriages that is “flush” with the platform facilitates passengers boarding, whilst a retractable platform allows easy access also for passengers with reduced mobility.
There are many services on board: a video surveillance system, internal luminous screens visible from all points on the train to receive information, a sound system, notices in Braille, 220 V outlets to power mobile phones and laptops. There are two toilets on board, one of which is dedicated to people with reduced mobility. Internal and external cameras also monitor passengers climbing aboard and exiting the train, whilst the on-board video surveillance is in the interest of increased security.