Have minibars and traveling cleaners, will travel on revived Intercity trains

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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and Trenitalia have signed an agreement to launch the plan for the revival of the Intercity trains (fast trains with intermediate stops).

The signing of the agreement on July 31, which has contractual commitments for 10 years from 2017 to 2026, will see the rebirth of the Intercity network system. It serves 200 Italian cities, with 108 daily connections patronized by more than 12 million travelers a year.

“Intercity was a terminal patient, and I can say that we have applied good revival techniques, and trust that it will achieve the success of ‘Le Frecce’ (the fast trains),” said Minister Del Rio during his presentation, adding, “also because this is an essential rail transport serving cities where there is no high speed. With funds over 100 more millions per year, we have greatly improved the service, an agreement that, in fact, had been active since January 1st last year, and now plans to increase seats by 16% for Intercity day and 7% for Intercity’s offer, more punctuality thanks to the new Rolling stock, new services such as on board traveling cleaner staff, and minibars in longer stretches.”

The revival plan also provides for over €300 million for the conversion of the entire fleet into reversible convoys, in blocked trains which have on one side the locomotive, and on the other a semi-pilot coach from which to drive the convoy and remote control of the locomotive.

Meanwhile, 7 months after the start of the new contract, the balance sheet already accounts for 80% of the Intercity days with renewed environments and the introduction of the new livery on over 20% of Intercity. The regularity of the service records 99.87%, with a minimum quota of canceled stretches. The presence of the traveling cleaning staff already involves 30% of the trains’ fleet.

“Our objectives included the consolidation of the bid, avoiding the abandonment of stretches, the overall improvement of the fleet, and the improvement of onboard services,” said Trenitalia CEO Barbara Morgante. “Although the contract has been officially signed only recently, I can say that since January, we are committed to meeting the commitments.”

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Author: Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy

Mario is a veteran in the travel industry. His experience extends worldwide since 1960 when at the age of 21 he started exploring Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Mario has seen the World Tourism develop up to date and witnessed the destruction of the root/testimony of the past of a good number of countries in favor of modernity/progress. During the last 20 years Mario's travel experience has concentrated in South East Asia and of late included the Indian Sub Continent. Part of Mario's work experience includes multi activities in the Civil Aviation field concluded after organizing the kik off of for Malaysia Singapore Airlines in Italy as an Institutor and continued for 16 years in the role of Sales /Marketing Manager Italy for Singapore Airlines after the split of the two governments in October 1972. Mario's official Journalist license is by the "National Order of Journalists Rome, Italy in 1977.

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