Green light for Northern Italy rail expansion

Intercity train at Milan Rogoredo station, Maurizio messa / wikimedia

The Lombardy Region has greenlit the project for the quadruplication of the rail route between Milano Rogoredo and Pavia, in the North of Italy. The route is part of the line connecting Milan to Genoa.

The project consists of two phases. First, over 260 million euros will be invested in the 11-kilometre section from Milano Rogoredo to Pieve Emanuele, which should be completed by 2026.

The second phase of the project, from Pieve Emanuele to Pavia, will implement the construction of two new rail tracks, resulting in an extension of 17 kilometres, which is expected to be ready by 2030. With this project, the total investment for the Milan-Pavia route will exceed 900 million euros.

Separating transport

The regional Infrastructure Department of Lombardy highlighted that the enhancement of the Milan-Pavia line is essential to increase the efficiency and regularity of the service, because it will make it possible to separate the different types of rail transport. Suburban and regional trains can be separated from inter-regional and long-distance trains and freight trains. Reducing interference between the different transport flows means making circulation more fluid and should increase the capacity of the line.

The rail freight industry can also benefit from the expansion, but not right away. Currently, the transit on the line amounts to 53 daily trains. It is estimated that there will not be a significant increase in rail freight traffic before at least 2030, when daily trains are expected to be 100.

What should also enable this is thh Giovi Third Pass, which is expected to be operative by 2024. The Giovi Third Pass is a project launched in 2013 to create a 53-kilometre-long high-speed connection between Genoa and Tortona, which will connect the Ligurian ports to Central Europe through the TEN-T Rhine-Alpine Corridor.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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