Italy's first private-run train service launched

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Italy's first private-run train service launched

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Rail passengers in Italy now have an alternative to state-run services when travelling between Milan and Naples and cities such as Rome in between.

The country’s first private-run high-speed service has been officially launched.

The chairman of Ferrari is among those behind the new bullet-type trains taking to the tracks.

“We are talking about an operation that creates 2,000 new jobs and this is what we need now for growth. The train is perfect for Italy,” said Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, president of transport company NTV and Ferrari chairman.

No expense has been spared fitting out the new trains. They boast leather seats and even a cinema carriage.

The first train completed a journey between Rome and Naples in just over an hour.