Alstom is to supply 70 new regional trains to the Italian rail operator Trenitalia.
The 440 million euro order is part of a 3 billion euro investment in regional services by the operator.
Henri Poupart-Lafarge, president of Alstom Transport, said: “This contract is the result of Alstom’s involvement in the development of Italy railway market.
“This new supply of regional trains for Trenitalia shows the trust of our long term customer in our state of the art technology as well as our local skills.”
There are currently more than 250 Coradia Meridian trains in service throughout Italy.
Deliveries of the new units are expected to begin around a year after the contract is signed.
The regional trains for Trenitalia will be designed and manufactured in Italy.
Project development, most of the manufacturing as well as the certification, will be done in Savigliano Alstom’s site in Cuneo.
The plant in Sesto San Giovanni (Milan) will be responsible for the design and manufacturing of the traction systems and auxiliary switchers. Train borne signalling systems will be delivered by the Bologna site.