More and better trains for Puglia
New track, a tunnel and rolling stock will improve the train services running between Bari and Taranto, benefitting hundreds of thousands of local residents. A more frequent service will help passengers to travel in greater comfort and ease road congestion.
Five hundred new jobs will be created while the railways improvements are being constructed, with nine permanent jobs available once the system is up and running.
New infrastructure, more engines
The project consists of the doubling of the single track section between Bari Mungivacca and Noicattaro (10.43 kilometres) and a section between the two new stops of Triggiano and Capurso that will run partly underground. The investment also includes the purchase of two new diesel rolling stock and the removal of seven level crossings. The overall objective is to improve the public rail services both in terms of quantity and quality and to optimise efficiency of the rail link around Bari’s suburban areas.
Running the new track underground will mean the construction of a standard tunnel. Other elements include a ventilation shaft, pedestrian crossings, a four-light bridge and all the required systems to manage the rail traffic.
When the project is completed, two diesel rolling stock (model ATR 220) will have been bought, the new track will increase the existing track to 3 975 kilometres, the tunnel will be 3 155 kilometres long and the doubled track will run for 6 459 kilometres. To make the service more effective for local users, two additional stops will be built and to help reorganise the road traffic, six level crossings will be removed along with three pedestrian crossings and a new bridge will be constructed over the railway. Two new subways will also be built.
Who will benefit?
The municipalities surrounding the Bari-Taranto connection are home to 782 596 inhabitants who will benefit either by the improved convenience of the service or, indirectly, by a reduction in road use making driving easier. Environmental benefits will also be a factor: the rail improvements will reduce emissions from cars and during the construction phase, the project is designed not to have negative impacts on the environment.
The new improvements will not only be welcomed by commuters and local residents, they will also provide a boost to the local economy as tourists will also make use of the system to get around more easily. Tourism is a growing sector in the region and Bari, with its port and airport, is a gateway to the interior that aims to attract visitors.
Train connections in the area, the wider picture
The improvements will be made by the rail company Ferrovie del SudEst (FSE), which runs over 295 miles of track connecting the four southern provinces of Puglia and linking Bari, Taranto and Lecce. This network provides links to smaller towns and villages that provide service industries, the agricultural sector and students with vital links.
FundERDF for the 2007 to 2013 programming period
Total InvestmentEUR 135 998 030
EU InvestmentEUR 67 999 015
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