Opening of the new Brescia-Treviglio High Speed/High Capacity railway line

Operational from Sunday 11 December 2016, it links Brescia to Milan in just 36 minutes.

Saturday, 10 December 2016 - The new Treviglio-Brescia High Speed/High Capacity rail line came into operation today. The opening ceremony and maiden journey was attended by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Graziano Delrio, accompanied by the top managers of FS Italiane Group, the President Gioia Ghezzi and CEO Renato Mazzoncini, and senior local government officials.
The opening of this new stretch was made possible thanks to the joint effort of all the Group companies engaged in the construction, certification and commissioning of the line (RFI, Italcertifer, Trenitalia, Italferr).
Italferr, in particular, was responsible for preparing and approving the various stages of the engineering design, and for the related authorisation procedure. During construction, it also acted as the High Supervisor of the works carried out by the General Contractor Cepav due, and as Site Supervisor for the construction works at the Brescia Junction.
The new Milan-Brescia High Speed/High Capacity line is yet another step forward in the completion of the High Speed/High Capacity rail link between Milan and Venice and the TEN-T Mediterranean Core Corridor, of which it is an integral part, which runs from the Iberian Peninsula to the Ukraine and the Italian section of which links Turin and Trieste.
The entry into operation of the Milan-Brescia High Speed/High Capacity line (following the completion, in 2007, of the Milan-Treviglio section), will cut travel times between the two cities to 36 minutes, from the current 46, in the first stage of the works, and then to 30 minutes once all the interconnections have been completed. Furthermore, it will enable the differentiation of traffic flows (high speed, medium/long distance, regional/metropolitan and freight services), improving fluidity and ensuring higher standards of frequency and timeliness of the train services, as well as the greater reliability of the overall rail infrastructure.
Following the entry into operation of the High Speed service between Milan and Brescia there will also be more train options to and from Veneto, with savings of about 10 minutes on travel times between Turin, Milan and Venice.
The next stages in the completion of the link between Milan and Venice are lot 1 of the Brescia-Verona section, kicking off in the second half of 2017, while the first section (between Verona and the Vicenza Junction) of the second and last lot, between Verona and Padua, will also kick off in 2017.