By Fotis Fotinos
The (Italian) TRAINOSE is “revealed”. The new ETR 470 trains will be launched on May 15 on the Athens – Thessaloniki axis.
The route will run in less than 4 hours, with a forecast of up to 3.5 hours upon completion of the network.
TRAINOSE, which will soon be renamed, spent about 47.5 million euros on the reconstruction of the trains, with the aim of improving the travel experience on its most commercial intercity route.
The characteristics of the new trains, the configuration of the itineraries
The ETR470 trains have nine carriages, one of which is a restaurant and bar, three first class carriages and four economy class cars.
Each train can carry over 600 passengers, with enhanced features such as ETCS signaling, Wi-Fi connectivity and Passenger Information Systems (PIS).
The first morning route of the ETR 470 train will depart from Athens Station at 07:22 with a stopover in Larissa at 09:58 and arrival at Thessaloniki Station at 11:20.
The next route of ETR 470 will depart from Athens Station at 17:22 with an intermediate stop in Larissa at 20:00 and arrival at Thessaloniki Station at 21:21.
Respectively, the first morning route of the ETR 470 train will depart from Thessaloniki Station at 07:08 with a stopover in Larissa at 08:09 and arrival at Athens Station at 11:03.
Finally, the next route will depart from Thessaloniki Station at 17:08 with an intermediate stop in Larissa at 18:08 and arrival at Athens Station at 21:04.
The licensing of trains is “adventurous”
The first ETR 470 train arrived in Greece in January 2021, however it was certified by the Railway Regulatory Authority almost a year later.
RAS carried out a thorough inspection of the submitted application, emphasizing the problematic points it identified, including the installation of a sand dispersion system in the two engine units.
Following the submission of all the updated documents by Trenitalia and TRAINOSE, RAS gave the “green light” in February for the licensing of the first train and in March three more.
It is noted that TRAINOSE belongs, since 2017, to the Italian group of FS, with parent company the subsidiary of FS, Trenitalia.
Then, TRAINOSE acquired the former EESSTY and a few days ago, it was assigned to take over the barren railway lines for 10 + 5 years for 50 million euros per year.