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Old September 13th, 2014, 09:32 AM   #1781
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Dedicated HS lines used exclusively for long distance travel will never be as busy as those also carrying commuter traffic. Maybe in Japan or China, but not in Western Europe. Four trains per hour per direction would already be excellent. That I think we need to take into account. It doesn't automatically make improvements to long distance travel unnecessary.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 06:22 PM   #1782
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Dedicated HS lines used exclusively for long distance travel will never be as busy as those also carrying commuter traffic. Maybe in Japan or China, but not in Western Europe. Four trains per hour per direction would already be excellent. That I think we need to take into account. It doesn't automatically make improvements to long distance travel unnecessary.
Have you seen the plans for HS2 in the UK? Between London and the outskirts of Birmingham it will carry up to 18 trains per hour, with the routes from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds carrying 11tph and 10tph respectively, so on the right route with dedicated infrastructure high frequencies can be justified for intercity services - see the diagram on page 5

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Old September 24th, 2014, 11:30 AM   #1783
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Trenitalia Frecciarossa 1000: 50 new trains
Milan-Rome in just 2h20'


It was presented new Frecciarossa 1000, manufactured in Pistoia and Vado Ligure (Savona) by Ansaldo Breda. Eight railway carriages, 447 seats for four different categories of customers. The cost for each train is 30 million euro. From June 2015, will come into operation in Italy, almost simultaneously with the beginning of Expo Milan (May 2015). The most important feature of this train is the speed: it's up to 400 km/h.

On balance, the Milan-Rome will be covered in just two hours and twenty minutes! A new challenge for airlines. Frecciarossa 1000 is the cutting edge of high-speed trains. Trenitalia will start with six trains, while two new trains will be added every month until to complete the contract (50 trains), scheduled for early 2017.

Frecciarossa 1000 is the first high-speed train in the world to have been certified environmental impact (EPD), because it contains just 28 grams of C02 emissions per passenger / km. A possible outcome thanks to a very low aerodynamic resistance, excellent mass / power and energy savings.

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Old September 24th, 2014, 11:52 AM   #1784
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Well, today we know it costed around 8 billion euro (but with the upgrade of nearby A4, I think...), and it is used by just 1 or 2 trains per hour per direction. Basically, it is empty. No, they aren't essential (at least the Milan-Turin line), as in many cases tickets are too expensive for Italian citizens, which consequently don't use them.
Do you have proof they don't?

Last time I checked frecciarossa between Turin and Milan were quite full
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Old September 26th, 2014, 12:47 PM   #1785
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NTV to withdraw Adriatic services
Friday, September 26, 2014



THE steering committee of Italian open-access high-speed operator NTV voted on September 24 to restructure its debts, with shareholders expected to contribute capital, while the company has also decided to withdraw Italo services to the Adriatic Coast from the start of the 2015 timetable on December 15

NTV launched services from Milan to Rimini, Pesaro and Ancona a year ago, but it has decided to withdraw from the route due to high infrastructure access costs.

NTV says the cessation of this service will enable it to strengthen its presence on the profitable Milan - Rome - Naples route.

In the first half of 2014 NTV made a loss of €77m and by the middle of the year net debts stood at €666m.
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Old September 26th, 2014, 09:07 PM   #1786
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In the video it is said that it is made in Italy...while it is a Bombardier project. "Made in Europe" would likely be more correct

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Do you have proof they don't?

Last time I checked frecciarossa between Turin and Milan were quite full
Having all trains 100% full means nothing, without saying also how many trains there are.

I admit I have exagerated saying that nobody in Italy cannot afford HSTs, however, a full fare Frecciarossa ticket for Milan Centrale-Turin Porta Nuova costs 30 €, comparable to the 34 € ViaMichelin.it gives for the same trip by car. To compare, an InterRegio train (1h52) on the same trip costs 12.20 €, and a Frecciabianca (much less stops than the IR, but taking just 8 minutes less: 1h44) costs 25.50 €.

Full fare Frecciarossa tickets are still quite expensive, IMHO, and advance purchase discounts on such a short trip aren't so attractive (as the train competitor on Milan-Turin is the car, not the airplane).

The Frecciabianca trains are the most strange: they are just 8 minutes faster than the InterRegio, but cost the double of them. They also take much more time than the Frecciarossa, but cost just 4.50 € less. What's their point?
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Old September 26th, 2014, 09:16 PM   #1787
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In the video it is said that it is made in Italy...while it is a Bombardier project. "Made in Europe" would likely be more correct



Having all trains 100% full means nothing, without saying also how many trains there are.

I admit I have exagerated saying that nobody in Italy cannot afford HSTs, however, a full fare Frecciarossa ticket for Milan Centrale-Turin Porta Nuova costs 30 €, comparable to the 34 € ViaMichelin.it gives for the same trip by car. To compare, an InterRegio train (1h52) on the same trip costs 12.20 €, and a Frecciabianca (much less stops than the IR, but taking just 8 minutes less: 1h44) costs 25.50 €.

Full fare Frecciarossa tickets are still quite expensive, IMHO, and advance purchase discounts on such a short trip aren't so attractive (as the train competitor on Milan-Turin is the car, not the airplane).

The Frecciabianca trains are the most strange: they are just 8 minutes faster than the InterRegio, but cost the double of them. They also take much more time than the Frecciarossa, but cost just 4.50 € less. What's their point?
Going from Venice to Turin (or intermediate stations) without changing train in Milan, even if it takes half an hour more, including the wasted time for changing train.
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I'm ambivalent about this. I was hoping this service would turn out great. However, as NTV has gone red and is not on its best financial shape, it probably has no money to further expand the fleet, and the diversion of 2 trains to operate these Adriatic services was reducing its competitiveness on the core axis Torino-Napoli.
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Old September 26th, 2014, 10:27 PM   #1789
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Going from Venice to Turin (or intermediate stations) without changing train in Milan, even if it takes half an hour more, including the wasted time for changing train.
That's true. But are there really enough people wanting to bypass Milan to make these trains profitable between Milan and Turin?

Anyway, with the arrival of the new ETR 400 trains and with the Milan-Brescia HSL (which will use 25 kV AC), the old ETR 500 sets will likely be deployed on Turin-Venice (and Milan-Adriatic coast).
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Old October 28th, 2014, 09:26 PM   #1790
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Interesting video on NTV's Italo AGV train

Here's the link (42-min. long video, with some commercial breaks)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x22...italo-agv_tech
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 11:28 AM   #1791
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Hey,

does anybody of you have information about the service of the new ETR 1000 from this December?

Will they start service in Italy for sure?

I.m curious!

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Old November 22nd, 2014, 11:30 AM   #1792
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No, AFAIK the ETR400 (FrecciaRossa 1000) won't start service from the winter timetable.

But I'm not 100% sure.

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Old December 16th, 2014, 04:35 PM   #1793
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High-speed services reach Rome airport
Tuesday, December 16, 2014



TRENITALIA launched the first high-speed services to Rome Leonardo da Vinci airport on December 14, when selected Frecciaargento services were extended to serve the airport station at Fiumicino

Two services a day now link Venice, Padova, Bologna Central, and Florence Santa Maria Novella (SMN) with the airport, running via Rome's Tiburtina and Termini stations. The service offers journey times of 4h 12min from Venice Mestre, 2h 59min from Bologna Central, and 2h 14min from Florence SMN.

The new service is intended to complement the Fiumicino - Termini Leonardo Express and FL1 Fiumicino - Ostiense - Tiburtina services.

For the time being the airport can only be served by seven-car Frecciaargento trains due to the short platforms at Fiumicino and the services run via the conventional line from Rome, although there are plans to construct a dedicated high-speed line to the airport

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Old January 19th, 2015, 07:15 PM   #1794
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Funding finalised for third construction phase of Tortona-Genoa HSR
16 JAN, 2015

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Italy’s rail infrastructure owner, RFI, and the COCIV consortium have finalised funding for the third construction lot, valued at €607 million, of the Terzo Valico (Third Pass) high-speed railway between Tortona/Novi Ligure and Genoa.

Italy is pressing ahead with the 53-kilometre railway in the north of the country which will form part of Europe’s Rhine-Alpine Corridor – one of several key transport routes identified by the European Commission

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Old February 18th, 2015, 07:26 PM   #1795
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Astaldi to complete Napoli Afragola station
18 Feb 2015


Much of the preparatory work at the Afragola site has already been completed. The station is expected to serve as an interchange between high speed and local services, says infrastructure manager RFI





ITALY: On February 16, construction group Astaldi announced that it had been awarded a €61m civil works contract by Italferr for ‘completion’ of Napoli Afragola station on the Napoli – Roma high speed line.

Although site clearance and other preparatory works were undertaken at Afragola, 3 km north of Napoli, construction of the landmark high speed station has been delayed by several years following the downturn in the Italian economy. However, Astaldi says that the station should be completed ‘in around two years’, fulfilling the bold 38 000 m2 design by architect Zaha Hadid

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France and Italy sign Lyon – Turin accord
Thursday, February 26, 2015



FRENCH president Mr François Hollande, French secretary of state for transport Mr Alain Vidalies and Italian infrastructure and transport minister Mr Maurizio Lupi signed an agreement to go ahead with a new €26bn railway linking Lyon and Turin during an international summit in Paris on February 24

"We can now say the Lyon – Turin railway is not just in the pipeline, but has been launched," Hollande says. "It will take time to come to fruition but there are, as of today, no brakes on the project and no obstacles lying in the way of its completion."

This agreement follows the approval of the project by the Italian Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning (CIPE) on February 20, paving the way for an application for TEN-T funding from the European Union (EU). The French and Italian governments hope to secure up to 40% of the funding required for the project from EU sources

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Good. This will create new opportunities for French<=>Italy rail services, which are not stifled by bad connections on both sides of the border.
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Mah, I doubt we will ever see any significant shift from car/planes to trains on this route.

At best it's a project for goods transportation, with the only small detail that most of the economical relationship is between Italy and Germany and not Italy and France, so the tunnel being built by the swiss (Gothard) and the project of the new Brenner tunnel seems to me to be a lot more interesting.
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Mah, I doubt we will ever see any significant shift from car/planes to trains on this route.

At best it's a project for goods transportation, with the only small detail that most of the economical relationship is between Italy and Germany and not Italy and France, so the tunnel being built by the swiss (Gothard) and the project of the new Brenner tunnel seems to me to be a lot more interesting.
I think we could see Lyon and Torino-Milano becoming more integrated, a bit, due to improved high-speed rail links. It will also put both Italian cities within reach of Paris by high-speed rail.
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