• Italy high-speed-rail construction continues

  • General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.
General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.

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  by lpetrich
 
Italy's high-speed-rail network may not be as well-known as those of France or Spain or Japan or China, but it is growing to impressive size.

Brescia - Verona high-speed line approved Construction should start late this year or early next year.

Italy got a surprisingly early start, earlier than France, with its 250-km/h "Direttissima" (very direct) line between Rome and Florence. It was opened in stages between 1977 and 1992 (Florence–Rome high-speed railway - Wikipedia). Italy did not build any more high-speed lines for a decade, but that nation then built several of them (High-speed rail in Italy - Wikipedia).

Currently, Italy has a north-south line that runs Milan - Bologna - Florence - Rome - Naples - Salerno, and a partially-built east-west line that runs Turin - Milan - Brescia and Padua - Venice. The Milan - Brescia line opened late last year, and the planned Brescia - Verona line will go further eastward toward Venice. No word on Verona - Padua, however, though that segment may be next. There are also upgraded Bologna - Verona and Bologna - Padua lines.
  by lpetrich
 
Preliminary work begins on Verona-Vicenza high-speed line | International Railway Journal
The first section will run for 44.2km through 13 municipalities, and will offer two additional tracks to the existing double-track conventional line when completed in 2026.

The Verona – Padua line will effectively complete the Milan – Venice high-speed line and will form part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) Mediterranean Corridor, which runs from Spain to the Ukrainian border.