Construction work for Verona-Padua high-speed line started
Italian company WeBuild Group has begun construction work on the Verona-Bivio di Vicenza section of Italy’s high-speed railway. This section of the Verona-Padua project is worth 2.5 billion euros and is part of a bigger project for Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (Gruppo FS Italiane). As the Verona-Padua project is part of the Milan and Venice railway, it will become part of the Mediterranean Corridor linking Spain and Ukraine.
The total worth of the Verona-Padua project is around 4.8 billion euros and represents an important link across the country’s northeast. It is stated to be a new contributor to revive the economy and create employment opportunity in the infrastructure sector.
The company that deals with railway infrastructure has an 83 per cent stake in the IRICAV 2 consortium with Hitachi Rail STS at 17 per cent. The IRICAV 2 consortium deals with the design and construction of the Verona – Padua high-speed railway.
Innovative qualification system
First, work will be to clear the ground of any leftover war ordnances in order for a tunnel to be built in the district of San Martino Buonalbergo. The railway can then pass under the A4 highway in eastern Verona. This month, the consortium will start selecting supply companies by using an innovative qualification system respecting the EU directive.
To improve the quality and service of the existing railway the first functional lot will run 44.2 kilometres through 13 municipalities. This will also establish a strong link to the European network. Additionally, it will help lower environmental impact and the number of road accidents. The project is envisioned to be completed by 2026.
As the Verona-Padua project is part of the Milan and Venice railway, it will become part of the Mediterranean Corridor linking Spain and Ukraine. The Mediterranean Corridor will play a roll in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) strategically connecting southwestern and eastern European countries. The corridor will also promote traffic between Europe and Asia.