RFI announces 95 million euro tender for Orte-Falconara rail line doubling
Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), the Infrastructure Pole within the FS Group, has launched a tender worth over 95 million euros for the doubling of the Orte-Falconara rail line, including works on the PM 228 – Albacina section.
The tender, also financed by European Union Recovery and Resilience Facility funds (PNRR) funds, was announced in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Gianpiero Strisciuglio, CEO of RFI, emphasised the significance of the project, stating, “We have published the tender for the doubling of the Orte-Falconara Line in the shortest possible time. The project is part of the PNRR funding, and respecting the implementation schedule is essential for a synergistic approach with the European Union.” Vincenzo Macello, Deputy General Manager of RFI, has been appointed as the Government’s Extraordinary Commissioner for overseeing the completion of the project.
The project aims to construct a new track alongside the existing one, stretching from the Movement Point at km 228 of the Orte-Falconara line to the Albacina station. This expansion will complete the doubling of the rail line between the Fabriano and Albacina stations, covering approximately 4 kilometres.
Key features of the project include the elimination of a level crossing, to be replaced with an underpass, and improvements to the Albacina station, such as the removal of architectural barriers, platform adaptations, the construction of a pedestrian overpass, and the installation of new shelters.
Doubling the Orte-Falconara line
The doubling of the Orte-Falconara line, which is 163 kilometres long, is part of a broader plan aimed at enhancing and speeding up rail connections between Italy’s Tyrrhenian and Adriatic regions, including the creation of an alternative freight route for north-south connections.
Upon completion of the operations, significant improvements are expected in travel times between Rome and Ancona, with some services potentially seeing reductions of up to about 30 minutes, and between Rome and Perugia by up to about 15 minutes, compared to the current operating model, including the completion of the Spoleto-Terni doubling.
This will be accompanied by enhancements in regularity levels, facilitated by a revised operating model stemming from the new infrastructure configuration and revised service scheduling, also taking into account the Spoleto-Terni doubling. Additionally, the capacity of the line is set to increase substantially, with the number of trains per hour expected to rise from 4 to 10 across the entire route. Moreover, accessibility to the service will be improved, ensuring better conditions for passengers, while performance adjustments will accommodate the transit of freight trains.