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December 7, 2022

Italy: EU Commission Allocates €109 Million to Improve Railway Connections

The European Commission yesterday approved an investment of more than €109 million in order to build a new circular railway section in Palermo, Italy.

Through a statement issued on November 30, the Commission said that the EU is funding the first of two construction phases needed to complete the Palermo Rail Ring circuit, SchengenVisainfo.com reports.

“The 1.7 km single-track electrified section covered by the project runs from the existing Giachery stop to Politeama station. Along with Politeama, the work includes the construction of two other stations: Porto, between Giachery and Politeama, and Libertà,” the statement reads.

According to the EU Commission, this new section of the Palermo Rail Ring will strengthen the city’s transport infrastructure, promising a shift from private to public transport.

Through this new railway section, fewer cars will be on the road, which means that emissions and energy use will also be reduced, resulting in better air quality and a cleaner environment.

In addition, it will also reduce travel time for people who continue to use the roads. At the same time, it will reduce the high risk of accidents. As the Commission explains, this project will be operational until December next year.

In this regard, the Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, added that as far as this investment is concerned, it will contribute to the socio-economic development of Sicily, making it more accessible and attractive to live and work.

Ferreira also emphasized that Palermo is one of the largest cities in Italy, so there is a need for more convenient public transportation.

Moreover, the project in question will result in a better transport infrastructure for the people of Palermo, who will have a sustainable and efficient alternative to using private cars. As a result, it will guide to more train use, fewer emissions, and less congestion.

In September, the EU Commission approved another fund of over €101 million that will be allocated for the improvement of the Palermo-Catania-Messina railway axis in Sicily.

Moreover, this investment will build two tunnels, which are 92.75 meters wide and 4.75 meters long, with 17 viaducts to avoid turns on the tracks that pass through uneven areas.

Thus, this project is expected to significantly reduce travel time and also allow more frequent connections.

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