Knorr-Bremse to supply systems for Turin’s new trams

Knorr-Bremse will supply braking, entry and HVAC systems to Hitachi Rail for Turin's new trams.

New trams being built for the Italian city of Turin by Hitachi Rail will be fitted with braking, entrance and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning) systems by Knorr-Bremse. A contract has been signed to supply equipment for 30 new light rail vehicles (LRVs), with an option for a further 40 units.

Dr Jürgen Wilder, Knorr-Bremse.

Operated by Turin transportation company GTT, the new trams will contribute to more reliable and cleaner urban transportation by enabling faster and more efficient connections between many of the suburbs of the north Italian city and downtown Turin.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Hitachi to build the new LRV sets for Turin, especially since this is the first order to be placed for Hitachi’s new LRV platform,” declared Knorr-Bremse director Dr Jürgen Wilder.

“Together with metros, LRVs are a hugely important lifeline within and between urban districts, providing reliable and indeed essential mobility services for the public.”

Harald Schneider, Knorr-Bremse.

“We have a long-standing partnership with Hitachi and so we are extremely pleased that they have once again chosen to put their trust in us,” added Harald Schneider, who is responsible for Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems’ Italian business.

“We are particularly delighted to be supplying three different types of system for these vehicles, further strengthening our footprint in the Italian rail market.”

Running on Turin’s existing tram network, the LRVs will connect different suburbs and the city centre. A total of 70 vehicles were ordered by GTT in May 2020, with the first 30 expected to start being delivered in Autumn 2021.

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