Rail line improvements will boost services

A project to revamp the 130 km rail line between Palermo and Agrigento in Sicily will speed up train travel while improving safety standards.

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More than 80 curves will be renewed or modified as part of the scheme through electrification and signalling work. In addition, a tunnel, viaduct and several bridges will be re-built or improved.

Work here will include increasing rail loading gauges to allow these structures to cope with increased train speeds. The changes will take speeds from a current average of 90 km/hour for the entire line up to 120 km/hour – rising to 150 km/hour on certain sections.

Several level crossings are to be removed in order to improve safety along the line. Meanwhile, signalling and telecommunication technologies will be installed in the 2.7 km-long Lercara tunnel and in three stations along the route.

The project also aims to promote sustainable mobility by developing infrastructure, parking and interchange facilities that will make it easier for people to move more efficiently to and from local road and rail services.

The scheme is expected to create 60 jobs during the 42-month implementation phase.

Total and EU funding

The project “Improvements to the Palermo-Agrigento railway line” has a total eligible budget of EUR 167 500 003, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 71 599 786 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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