FS Group, Trenitalia: a new Rock train on Le Marche region tracks

Travelling as of tomorrow between Ancona and Piacenza and between Ancona and Pescara

Ancona, 19 January 2023

A new Rock train hits the tracks of Le Marche – set to run from tomorrow between Ancona and Piacenza and between Ancona and Pescara.

The new convoy was presented today in Ancona by Sabrina De Filippis, Trenitalia’s Regional Business Director, and by Goffredo Brandoni, Transport Councillor of the region of Le Marche.

Also present were Cinzia Montironi, Manager of the Mobility and Local Public Transport sector for the region of Le Marche and, for Trenitalia, Ermanno Russo – Commercial Manager of the Regional Business Department, and Fausto Del Rosso – Regional Director of the region of Le Marche.

The presentation ceremony took place at Trenitalia’s Current Maintenance Plant workshops in Ancona, in the new shed – inaugurated today – equipped with the best technologies for maintenance of the latest-generation diesel trains.

Trenitalia’s commitment to making collective mobility increasingly integrated and sustainable continues. The arrival of this new Rock not only contributes to the progressive renewal of the fleet in the region of Le Marche but also lowers the average age of regional trains operating in Italy, which will thus be the youngest and most modern in Europe,” declared Sabrina De Filippis, Trenitalia’s Regional Business Director.

The renewal plan for regional trains in Le Marche continues. Indeed, with the delivery of this Rock, we reach 25 new regional convoys – 9 Jazz, 4 Pop, 9 Swing and 3 Rock – already in circulation on Le Marche tracks.

The overall renewal programme for regional trains,” declared Regional Transport Councillor Goffredo Brandoni, “will be completed by 2025 with the arrival in the region of Le Marche of a further 16 new trains – 8 Rock and 8 Medium Capacity, as envisaged in the Service Contract signed by Le Marche region and Trenitalia – which envisages investments of 300 million euro, of which 206 million is earmarked for the renewal of regional trains. Infrastructure investments at the Ancona maintenance facility are also continuing at the same speed, to keep up with the cutting pace of fleet maintenance.”

This important rejuvenation of the fleet (with the average age of the trains being about 9 years) is also bringing results in terms of performance (92% actual punctuality, as perceived by the customer, and over 99% as that of Trenitalia) along with customer satisfaction (more than 96 out of 100 satisfied passengers).

Trenitalia – as the leader of the FS Italiane Group’s Passenger Hub – has also made improvements to quality the basis of its Winter Experience , which for the region of Le Marche envisages an increase in connections between Ancona and Ascoli Piceno, a bettering of relations between the south and north of the region, confirmation of combined train+bus services to Urbino and Fermo along with the two academic Link connections, one the Politecnica Link and the new Medical Link that connects the Ancona railway station with the Monte Dago University Hub and the Faculty of Medicine respectively.

Space and comfort

Rock is the new double-decker, high-capacity regional train. This five-car commuter train has provisions comparable to a subway. It can reach a top speed of 160 kilometres/hour with an acceleration of 1.10 metres/sec2 and can accommodate up to 1,130 people, with over 600 seats.

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, all characterise the ecological footprint of the Rock train.

Video surveillance and information

CCTV cameras in every carriage, with live footage for a safe journey and information for passengers shown on monitors twice the size of those of the past.

Passengers with reduced mobility

Two spots 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 also 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, also flanked by luggage racks. In the region of Le Marche, the transport of bicycles is free of charge, within the limits of the spots available on each train, thanks to the Service Contract signed by Trenitalia with Le Marche region – hence, the rail offer includes some 700 bicycle spots available each day aboard trains, which will increase to 1100 as of spring, when dedicated carriages with 64 bicycle slots each will be back in service.