NTV, Italy’s leading private operator in the sphere of high-speed railway passenger transport, has chosen Alstom for the supply and maintenance of 25 AGV trains
Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) has ordered from Alstom 25 of its ultra high speed AGV1
trains at a cost of €650 million. The contract covers the maintenance of these trains (not included in the above amount) for a 30-year period, with an option for a further 10 trains.
The AGV train, having a capacity of around 500 seats on 11 coaches, will operate on the Italian high speed network at a speed of 300 kph.
The signing of this agreement, following the Italian Transport Ministry's decision to grant NTV a Railway Company licence and authorisation to perform passenger services in Italy, marks the beginning of the implementation phase of the project that will enable the private operator to start services on the new high speed lines in the first half of 2011.
NTV, created in December 2006 by Italian businessmen Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Diego Della Valle, Gianni Punzo and Giuseppe Sciarrone, will operate in the ultra high speed railway market in Italy.
NTV and Alstom will present details of this agreement at a press conference to be held in Rome on 7 February 2008.
The AGV conforms to the latest European interoperability standards (STI 2006) and to European and Italian environmental and safety regulations. Its particular traction system played a key role in record set by the train on 3 April 2007: a new world rail speed record (574.8km/h), and will allow the AGV to operate at speeds of up to 360 kph.
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