Improving rail infrastructure in Puglia

This project covers the doubling of selected tracks as well as technical improvements on the railway line between Bari and Taranto in Puglia with the aim of improving the quality and the safety of rail infrastructure in the region.

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Improved quality and safety will, in turn, achieve higher performance in terms of capacity and commercial speed. Overall, this the project will enhance the attractiveness of the rail as a mode of transport for passengers and freight in the region.

Doubling tracks and centralising the control system

Improvements to this line are particularly important as it plays a key role in connecting the port of Taranto with the intermodal centre of Bari (Bari Lamasinata). It is expected that the traffic of merchandise between these points could further increase as a result of this project work.

Under the project, a number of different sections on the Bari to Taranto railway line will have their tracks doubled. The sections where the work is financed by EU funds in the current programming period include:

  • Acquaviva delle Fonti-Gioia del Colle: This section is 12 km in length. The work will be along the existing single track line.
  • Castellaneta-Palagianello: This section is 4.8 km in length. The work will be partly along the existing rail line and partly along a new path.
  • Massafra-Taranto: This section is 13 km in length. The work will be along the existing single track line.

Another important task of this project is the implementation a centralised control system, which will improve the efficiency of traffic control and reduce operational costs. Other works include the elimination of various road crossings and the modernisation of some train stations.

Benefiting the operational budget

The beneficiary of the project, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), the Italian national public body responsible for the rail network, expects the main benefit of the project to be a reduction in operational costs.

Additionally, the average speed of trains is expected to increase by about 20 km per hour while the level of merchandise transported between Bari and Taranto is expected to reach 549 298 tons, meaning an increase of 80 000 tons compared to the status quo scenario. Regional passengers on the line are also expected to increase by about one million people, with the full capacity of the line rising from 900 440 million to 2 058 430 million people following the completion of the project.

Environmental benefits for this project include a reduction in acoustic pollution, a lower rate of road accidents and a reduction in environmental pollution.

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