Marco Chiandoni

Marco Chiandoni

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ITALY’s new right-wing coalition government of the Five Star Movement and the League parties, which came into office on June 1, is starting to turn its attention to rail transport. The government’s first significant act affecting the railways was taken on July 25 by Mr Danilo Toninelli, minister of infrastructure and transport who belongs to the Five Star Movement, when he signed a decree to dismiss the entire board of directors of Italian State Railways (FS), including CEO, Mr Renato Mazzoncini.

Italy’s minister of infrastructure and transport, Mr Graziano Delrio, explains to Marco Chiandoni how the government is pressing ahead with its rail investment programme.

Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:32

Italy funds Calabrian rail projects

ITALY’s minister of transport and infrastructure Mr Graziano Delrio has approved funding of €214m for the purchase of 22 mainline trains, five regional trains and seven CAF Urbos LRVs for Calabria.

Thursday, 21 January 2016 11:25

FS privatisation - bridging the gap

THE partial privatisation of Italian State Railways (FS) moved a step closer on November 23, when Council of Ministers granted preliminary approval for the sale of a 40% stake in the company, which is expected to take place this year. However, the resignation of the entire FS board just a few days later came as a reminder that not everyone agrees on how it should be achieved.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 03:30

NTV to order Pendolinos for new services

THE steering committee of Italian open-access high-speed operator NTV met at its headquarters in Rome on October 1 to deliberate on the next steps and future goals for the company, including an order for new trains and an increase in the company's capital.

Friday, 18 September 2015 04:53

Venosta Valley electrification plans revealed

PLANS for the electrification of the 60km Merano - Malles Venosta Valley line in northern Italy were presented to local mayors on September 17 by South Tyrol provincial councillor for mobility Mr Florian Mussner and the president of South Tyrol Transport Authority (STA) Mr Martin Ausserdorfer.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 03:45

Trenitalia to order up to 500 new trains

TRENITALIA has issued a tender for framework contracts to supply up to 500 regional multiple units in what looks set to be one of Italy's largest orders for new rolling stock in 30 years.

NAPLES Mobility Company (ANM) has issued a tender for a contract worth around €100m to supply 10 new trains for Naples metro Line 1.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:09

Sleepers go green

Greenrail, Italy, is in the early stages of developing a new sustainable railway sleeper. The company's research is also opening up the possibility to deliver further sustainable benefits from track infrastructure, as Marco Chiandoni explains.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:21

New Italy – Austria regional services launched

REGIONAL rail links between Austria and Italy were stepped up significantly on December 14 with the launch of hourly services on the Fortezza - San Candido – Lienz corridor as part of the Euregio initiative between the Austrian province of Tyrol and the Italian autonomous region of South Tyrol.

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