On track to promote green urban transport

Modernisation of a light railway in Southern Italy will improve mobility for passengers in the entire region.

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Under this project, new signalling and safety equipment will be installed on rail lines run by Ferrovie del Sud-Est (FSE) in the south of Puglia area of Salento.

Additionally, two lines - Casarano Gallipoli and Maglie-Otranto - will be completely modernised with the introduction of new rails, sleepers and gravel.

A section of the Maglie-Gagliano will also undergo a similar upgrade. In total, the modernisation programme covers a total of 92 km of railway track.

Rolling stock will be further boosted, with the purchase of four new trains to operate on the stretch of conventional standard gauge railway.

Creating jobs and improving rail services

The idea behind the scheme is to improve railway infrastructure and services both at a regional and metropolitan level, a strategy seen as a key priority by the Apulia Region.

The main beneficiaries of the newly-improved facilities will be train passengers while, generally, the long-term goal is to help promote green urban transport and sustainable accessibility.

But the project is also expected to provide a major boost for the local economy and to create 1 260 jobs for the duration of the works.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the "Modernisation of the FSE railway line" project is EUR 121 538 000, of which the EU´s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 70 856 654 from the Operational Programme "Puglia" for the 2007 to 2013 programming period under the priority axis "Transport networks and links”.

Draft date

26/11/2014