Trenitalia has issued a tender on TED. It states: Trenitalia wants to close a deal for the delivery of 17 trains of the type V250. The contract should include five years of full-service maintenance, with an option for five more years.
It is a tender specifically written for one type of train (the V250 originally built for the Dutch and Belgian railways), to be delivered by a specific manufacturer (Hitachi Rail Italy, formerly known as AnsaldoBreda).
Earlier this year, a local Italian news paper released the news that the V250 would make their come-back this year on the Lecce – Rome – Bari relation, and we released this news too. But until now, nothing has happened, the information was incorrect.
The V250 in better times. See the images of the V250 on trainspo.com.