ALSTOM trains to be delivered for Winter Olympics
Saint Ouen Cedex, France – The new trains purchased by GTT, the Public Transport Company of Turin, to operate on regional lines in PiÃ©mont, will be in service in time for the Winter Olympic Games in Turin in February 2006.
During the Games they will link Caselle airport with city stations. These new trains, designed and manufactured by ALSTOM in Italy, belong to the ALSTOM CORADIA family of regional trains and are of the same basic design as the CORADIA trains which are being supplied to Trenitalia and called â€œMinuettoâ€ by them. They are 51.9 metres long, 2.9 metres wide and can transport a total of 300 passengers.
ALSTOMâ€™s site in Savigliano is completing on schedule the construction of the first five trains of a total of 10 ; the first one will be delivered in November 2005 and the other four trains by the end of 2005. The remaining 5 trains will be delivered by June 2006.
The trains form part of a 37.5-million-euro investment programme by the Piedmont Region. The agreement includes an option for 9 more trains, for a total investment of approximately Euro 71.2 million.
The three-car trains ensure easy access, with lift ramps for the mobility-impaired, maximum comfort and safety. The cars are large and comfortable and are equipped with a number of accessories such as ergonomic seats, double air conditioning system, 220 V sockets, a video control system, an audio visual system for passenger information, a multifunctional area for bicycles and skis and a toilet suitable also for the disabled.
Emilio Gallocchio, managing director of ALSTOM Ferroviaria and country president of ALSTOM Itay, said: â€œTrains belonging to the CORADIA family are excellent, tested throughout the world and especially conceived for regional transport. We are thus very proud of this supply to GTT, fully in line with the standards and time schedule requested by the customerâ€.