RFI reports progress on new rail-airport connections
Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) has received approval for its envisioned new railway connection between the northern city of Bergamo and the nearby Orio al Serio Airport. Meanwhile, the railway connection to Venice Marco Polo airport was awarded to a consortium led by Rizzani De Eccher.
RFI wants to construct a new 5.3-kilometre double-track railway to Bergamo’s Orio al Serio Airport, which would help cut travel time to and from the city down to 10 minutes, as well as help improve connections to Milan. The value of the construction work is estimated at 170 million euros and RFI will put out a European call for tenders in the coming weeks.
The construction of an 8-kilometre double-track railway to Venice’s Marco Polo airport was won by a Rizzani De Eccher-led consortium that also includes Manelli Impresa and Sacaim. The tender carried a value of more than 428 million euros.
The railway construction project is geared towards encouraging people travelling to and from the airport to shift to rail. Marco Polo airport was Italy’s fourth-busiest airport before the COVID-19 pandemic, yet has no public transportation link. Instead, passengers are transported by shuttle buses and taxi’s. Marco Polo airport is expected to be one of the main points of arrival for athletes competing in the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in Milan and the resort town of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The new railway line will consist of 3.4 kilometres worth of tunnels. The terminal station will also be underground. The line will largely follow the SS14 highway.