Key players: Italferr, the member of government's Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group (FS Group), is the developer of the project.
Project description: Development of HSR line from Naples to Bari.
Background: The HSR line is part of the Scandinavia-Mediterranean Corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). It will span 146.6 km and comprise eight sections –the 15.5-km Section 1 from Napello to Cancello, the 16.1-km Section 2 from Cancello to Frasso Telesino, the 30-km Section 3 from Frasso Telesino to Vitulano, the 47.4-km Section 4 from Apice to Orsara. the 12.8-km Section 5 from Orsara to Bovino, the Section 6 from Bovino to Cervaro, the 1.56-km Section 7 on Bretella di Foggia and the 10.13-km Section 8 in South Bari.
Civil works commenced in October 2015 and the project is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
In March 2017, Italferr awarded a EUR397-million contract to an Italy-based joint venture (JV) of Salini Impregilo and Astaldi to design and construct the first 15.5-km section of the HSR line. The section will cover three stations. Salini Impregilo holds a 60 per cent stake in the JV while Astaldi holds 40 per cent.
The JV of Pizzarotti, Itinera and Ghella secured the EUR312-million contract to design and construct the second 16-km section of the HSR.
Estimated cost: The project is expected to cost EUR6.2 billion.
Journey time: The line will reduce the Naples-Bari journey time from 3 hours 45 minutes to 2 hours.
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