Cancellations sharply reduced, says CEO.
The new timetable introduced by Milan-based regional rail network Trenord has slashed the number of cancellations to train services which have been the bane of commuters in the recent past.
Launching a new train into service, CEO Marco Piuri told media that already in the first few weeks of the new schedule cancellations have been slashed from around 120 a day – some 5 per cent of all trips – to below 40, of which only 16 were the network’s responsibility.
At the same time, the adjustments to some little-used services have freed up resources to tackle punctuality on the main routes, Piuri said. On the Milan-Cremona-Mantova route, for example, some 88 per cent of trains now run on time, as compared with 70 per cent before the introduction of the new schedule. And on the Milan-Paderno Robbiate and Calusco-Bergamo route, split in two by the closure of the San Michele bridge, punctuality has jumped from 68 to 93 per cent.
Fourteen trains received from Trenitalia have helped resolve the emergency caused by the high average age of the rolling stock, Piuri continued. The introduction of these Vivalto double-decker, six-wagon trains, specifically designed for commuter traffic, has made more reserve trains available in strategic nodes around Parma and Cremona to tackle delays and cancellations.
A Vivalto train (pictured) can carry 600 passengers at up to 160 kmh.
But that’s not all: another 35 are awaited in the next few months, and over 160 new trains are currently being bought by Ferrovie Nord (the Trenord parent company) and the Lombardy region. These will begin to arrive in 2020, said Purini, refreshing the company’s rolling stock.