RFI awards contract for new railway in Southern Italy
Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) has awarded the contract for the construction of the Ferrandina – Matera La Martella line in Southern Italy to construction company Gruppo ICM. The new railway means a connection for Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the Italian rail network.
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. Proger, Rocksoil and Ingegneria del Territorio are involved in the engineering and design phase of the work, RFI said last Friday. The contract is valued at 308 million euros. The Italian infrastructure manager previously reported the price tag of the entire project to be in the range of 430 million euros.
Once the work is complete, Matera’s La Martella station will have a connection to the nearby Ferrandina station but 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 famous for its cave dwellings and sandstone landscape. As a result, it was featured in a host of movies.