Europe commits more money to Italian national network

The European Union is to co-finance two rail improvement projects in Italy as part of the continued investment in the Scandinavian-Mediterranean priority corridor.

The EU will contribute €15 million to two projects, including upgrade works on the Orte-Falconara line and a scheme to double a section of track from Lunghezza to Guidonia.

Set for completion by the end of 2015, the programme of works will also include station improvements and is designed to remove bottlenecks along the routes.

In a separate announcement, an Alstom-led consortium has been awarded a €33 million project to supply and install a new signalling system for the Monserrato-Senorbì and Macomer-Nuoro lines in Sardinia.

The contract covers 90 kilometres of track, 20 stations and a fleet of 50 trains across the two lines.