RFI launches major tender for high-speed bypass in Florence

Image: RFI

Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) has launched a 1.1-billion-euro tender for the construction of a bypass and high-speed train station in Florence. With the bypass, RFI wants to untangle high-speed and regional traffic in the area. 

The construction of a high-speed by pass should have the added benefit of allowing more traffic on both the regional lined and high-speed ones. The new bypass will be mostly underground: two 7,8-kilometre tunnels will be built at a maximum depth of 27 metres, where trains will be allowed to travel at a maximum of 100 kilometres per hour.

The tunnel route sits between Firenze Castello station and t the centrally located Firenze Campo di Marte station. Tunnel boring activities are expected to start at the Campo di Marte site in March 2023.

The planned bypass will be served by the future Firenze Belfiore station, which is planned in the Belfiore-Macelli area. The station will be interconnected with the nearby central Santa Maria Novella station so that a link to the trains of the Metropolitan Railway System (SFM) is established.

An overview of the various works related to the high-speed line in Florence, with the so-called bypass on the right. Image: RFI

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Chief Editor, RailTech.com

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