Rete Ferroviaria Italiana has awarded a €186m (£164m) contract to consortium Raggruppamento Temporaneo di Imprese (RTI), comprising Salini Impregilo, Astaldi, SIFEL and CLF, to design and expand section of Palermo-Catania railway line in Italy.
Under the contract, the consortium will be for the expanding the 38km Bicocca and Catenanuova section of a railway line between Palermo and Catania in Sicily, Italy.
The new section of the railway line, which is expected to open in 2020, will allow trains to travel at speeds of up to 200kmph, Salini Impregilo stated in a release.
The contract involves the construction of a new railway headquarters, a new station at Motta Sant’Anastasia, electrical sub-stations to power trains, renovation of Bicocca station, and installation of signalling and communication systems.
After the completion of other projects by 2025, travel time between Catania and Palermo will be reduced to less than two hours. All work is scheduled to be completed by 2022.
Earlier this year, Salini Impregilo and its partners won a contract to design and build a section of the Naples-Bari high-speed railway line.
Both projects are part of a wider project led by the European Union to create the ‘TEN-T’ network to connect and improve the functioning of the region’s railway lines such as in the southeast with high-speed service for both people and cargo.
Salini Impregilo is a specialist in the construction and civil engineering business.