Venice Marco Polo Airport

RFI starts construction to connect Venice airport to the rail network

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Italian rail infrastructure manager RFI started constructing a railway connection to Marco Polo Airport in Venice, on Monday 11 December. It will be connected to the Mestre-Trieste route. Activation of the new link is scheduled for December 2025 and an influx of tourists is expected in the area during the upcoming Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics.

Work started on Monday by RFI at the construction site in Tessera, Venice, to build a railway connection between the city and its airport. The airport currently has no public transportation link. Instead, passengers are transported by shuttle buses and taxis, and a boat service. After Cagliari, Catania, Palermo, Rome Fiumicino, Trieste and Falconara, Venice Airport too will be directly connected to the city centre by rail.

The works were inaugurated by FS Group CEO Luigi Ferraris, Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Matteo Salvini and RFI CEO Gianpiero Strisciuglio. The project involves a total investment of around 644 million euros and is partly financed by Italy’s recovery plan following the coronavirus pandemic (PNRR), which in turn is based on grants and loans from the EU.

Airport station construction

Of the around 8-kilometre new railway, 3.4 kilometres will be through a tunnel. The tunnel will start from the Mestre-Trieste line, will run alongside the motorway link road to the airport, and will arrive at Marco Polo Venice-Airport, where a new station will be built. The line will have a maximum speed of 110 kilometres per hour.

The station Venice-Airport will be underground with two tracks and connect to the airport terminal. On the way out of the station, a single track will rejoin the overground section. The new link will be able to be used by both regional and long-distance trains, favouring intermodality between rail and air transport. It is part of the actions envisaged by the FS Group’s industrial plan to strengthen rail connections with the country’s main airports.

A tender for the works was called in 2022, and FS Group awarded the works to companies Manelli Impresa and Sacaim, led by Rizzani De Eccher.  Italferr has been assigned to manage the works, which is just like RFI also part of Italian state railways FS Group.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Former Editor RailTech.com

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