Italian city of Matera gains connection to high-speed rail network

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The southern Italian city of Matera will be linked to the national railway network via a new 430-million electrified line, infrastructure manager Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) announced late last week.

The new line will be 20 kilometres long and offers the city of Matera a connection to the national network of long-distance trains as well as the high-speed lines.

Once the work is complete Matera’s La Martella station will have a connection to the nearby Ferrandina station but also – and more importantly – to the line that runs all the way to Battipaglia, some 200 kilometres away. The start of operations is tentatively scheduled for 2026.

Matera is an ancient city and has been a a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. It is famous for its cave dwellings and sandstone landscape. As a result, it was featured in a host of movies.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

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