Genoa is one step closer to the Rhine-Alpine Corridor

Image: Terzo Valico

On 5 Septmber, another step toward the completion of the Terzo Valico dei Giovi (Third Pass) in Genoa was taken. The second phase of the adaptation of the Polcevera crossroads, a handful of kilometres from the port of Genoa, is now finished. Once fully completed, the Pass will link the port of Genoa to the TEN-T network via the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.

It is now possible to start the project of adding two new tracks on the rail section between Voltri and Sampierdarena, the location of three railway yards. Moreover, the completion of the project will allow for the quadrupling and prolonging of the railway link to Prà. Finally, once the Prà link will be completed, long-distance freight trains will be able to run on the two new tracks, built next to the existing ones used by metropolitan and regional trains.

The computer-based interlocking system at the Genoa Rivarolo station was reconfigured during this phase. Moreover, for the first time in Italy, a new sleepers intersection made entirely of reinforced concrete was installed. At the same time, works on the Facchini 1 tunnel were carried out. Here, a metal shell was implemented that will allow for the strengthening of the tunnel without having to interrupt rail traffic. The gallery will then be expanded and adapted for the P400 profile, making it possible to have trains on the rail line between the Third Pass and the Old Port of Genoa.

Photo: Genoa Third Pass.

The Third Pass

The purpose of this project is to build a railway line between Genoa, in Liguria, and Tortona, in Piedmont. The Pass will therefore connect the port of Genoa with the Po Valley and the rest of Northern Italy and thus Europe by being integrated into the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.

Works have commenced in 2013 and the Pass should be operative in 2025 for a total estimated cost of over 6 billion euros. The railway line will be 53 kilometres long, 37 of which are in tunnels, and it will be equipped with the European standard gauge. The line will also be suitable for electrification at 3 kV DC as well as 25 kV AC.

Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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