June 08, 2018

RFI awards €1.6bn high-speed line contract

Written by  Marco Chiandoni
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Construction of the Brescia - Verona high-speed line is due to start in the aumtumn. Construction of the Brescia - Verona high-speed line is due to start in the aumtumn.

ITALY’s infrastructure manager Italian Rail Network (RFI) awarded a €1.65bn contract to the Cepav Due Consortium on June 7 for the construction of the first section of the Brescia - Verona high-speed line.


Saipem is the largest player in the consortium with a 59% stake and its share of the contract is worth about €970m.

The 48km double-track section includes 2.2 km of connecting lines to Verona freight yard and the Verona - Brenner main line. Construction will start in the autumn and RFI told IRJ that the project will take 6 years and 10 months to complete. The total cost of building the Brescia - Verona high-speed line is estimated at €2.16bn.

The Cepav due consortium was involved in constructing the 39km Treviglio - Brescia high-speed line and 11.7km of connecting lines which opened in December 2016. The two sections form part of the planned Milan - Verona - Venice high-speed line.

Italy’s new minister of infrastructure and transport Mr Danilo Toninelli says he intends to a conduct a cost/benefit analysis all the remaining planned high-speed projects.

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