The Italian State Railways (FS) has announced tenders for a reconstruction project involving the construction of new sections of the Messina – Catania line on the island of Sicily. The competition consists of two lots.
The first, worth about 672 million euros, covers the Fiumefreddo – Taormina – Letojanni section. The second lot, worth 1.1 billion euros, includes works on the section between Letojanni and Giampieri stations.
In 2017, the Italian railway infrastructure operator, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), signed a contract with a consortium of Salini Impregilo, Astaldi, Sifel and CLF companies worth 186 million euros for the construction of a second track between Bicocca and Catenanuova stations with a length of 38 km.
This is the first project implemented within the framework of the Sblocca Italia program. The scope of work has already been expanded here, it remains to obtain permission to organize a competition for the last five lots.
In addition, a detailed design is under way for a new underground section between Catania-Centrale and Catania-Accuicella stations, which will provide rail access to the airport. At the same time, the process of obtaining a permit for excavation work was launched.
The Messina-Catania line is part of the Messina-Catania-Palermo expressway, which is part of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridor as part of the TEN-T trans-European transport network.
The total investment in the reconstruction of the Palermo-Messina highway is estimated at around 9 billion euros.
The double-track line is designed for trains with a maximum speed of 200 km / h. Travel time between destinations will be reduced by 30 minutes to less than 2 hours (photo: Wikipedia).