Civil works to upgrade railway line between Rome and Grosseto

The Italian railway company Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) and infrastructure manager Ferrovie dell Stato (FS) will upgrade the railway track between Tarquinia and Civitavecchia, close to Rome. The works should result in more rail freight traffics between Rome and Grosseto.

The works will be carried out from 14 to 18 February. They involve adapting the tracks and the sign systems to handle high-cube container trains, following current European rules. The project is carried out at a total budget of 1.3 million Euros. Trains between Rome and Grosseto (both in Lazio) and Pisa (Tuscany) will have adjusted time schedules and there will be bus services to secure passenger mobility.   

Italian axis

The axis between the regions of Lazio and Toscana serves important  Italian areas. Rail freight traffic originates from the north to supply this area and from the south to supply northern Italy and central European countries. The nearby port of Civitavecchia on the Tyrrhenian coast lies 70 kilometres far from Rome and is the main Italian hub for ferries. Traditionally, this Italian port was considered as Rome’s maritime gate.

RFI and FS want to adapt the entire Italian railway network to the European rules for TEN-T corridors to improve the efficiency of its rail freight industry. They want to connect all continental regions with the central European corridors. They have already adapted the Adriatic corridor for high-cube container trains with a maximum height of 4 metres.

Author: Jose Gutierrez

Jose Gutierrez is RailFreight's correspondent in Spain.

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