First upgraded ETR470 Pendolino train has arrived to Thessaloniki, bringing high-speed to Greece.

This is part of a project implemented by TRAINOSE – the  rail transport provider in Greece – in which Alstom is to provide depot modernisation and corrective maintenance for first fleet of high-speed trains in Greece, consisting of five Pendolino high-speed trains.

The two contracts are worth approximately 40 million Euros.

The first Pendolino train with a speed of up to 250 km/h will make its inaugural journey from Athens and Thessaloniki from March 2021.

Following an extensive upgrade process, the trains belonging to TRAINOSE, now a part of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group (FSI), will have improved features such as ETCS signalling, Wi-Fi capability and new Passenger Information Systems (PIS).

“Starting high-speed service in Greece is part of our strategy to offer an improved passenger experience, better quality services and reduced travel time on a very popular route. Moreover, the upgrade of our Thessaloniki depot as part of this project will turn our depots into some of the most modern and high-tech depots in South-East Europe,” said CEO of Trainose, Prof. Filippos Tsalidis.

The introduction of high-speed trains is a key component of Greek operator TRAINOSE’s plan to reduce current journey times on the main Athens – Thessaloniki axis from 4 hours to approx. 3 hours, once the infrastructure upgrades are delivered.

“Introducing high-speed trains to Greece is a major achievement for Alstom and for our client in the country’s railway transport modernisation efforts. This project complements Alstom’s long-standing presence in Greece,” said Stavros Vlachos, Alstom Managing Director for Greece.

The other four trains are expected to be delivered to Thessaloniki by the autumn of 2021.

The scope of the contracts includes modernisation of a depot in Thessaloniki and corrective maintenance services for five Alstom ETR470 Pendolino high-speed trains. The Thessaloniki depot has undergone significant modernization works in the past few months, being properly equipped in order to allow the start of maintenance operations.