High Speed - High Capacity

The High Speed/High Capacity (HS/HC) project is the largest and most prestigious rail investment programme ever to have been carried out in Italy.

The High Speed/High Capacity network is a huge opportunity for the economic development of Italy: it will boost general output levels and improve Italy's competitive edge on the international markets.
The network is about 1,250 km long and concerns the busiest trunk rail routes in Italy: the west-east Turin-Venice line and the north-south Milan-Naples line, with an offshoot to the Port of Genoa. The network includes an additional 2,200 km of lines, part new, part upgraded along the cross-border links and the connections to Southern Italy - from Naples, Bari and Reggio Calabria down to Palermo.

The lines are closely integrated with the existing railway lines, through numerous interconnections, and at a later stage, they will be linked up with the European High Speed network. A part of this infrastructure is currently in the design stage, while another part is under construction across the Alps.
The design and functional features of the new high speed lines have been defined so as to enable twice the number of trains than before to run, according to stringent security standards. Thus, the existing lines can be dedicated to local and regional passenger/freight transport, leading to an overall improvement in transport services and smoother operations at the urban hubs.
Indeed, the High Speed/High Capacity project has meant that the large railway hubs of Turin, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples are all undergoing significant upgrading and reorganization to make it easier for the new high speed lines to penetrate the cities and ensure full modal integration with the local public transport system.

Italferr guarantees the technical and management supervision of the entire investment process, following through the design and/or design control phases by the General Contractors/Building Firms, local/national authorization processes, tendering procedures, construction contract management, site supervision and monitoring, the so-called “High Surveillance” activities and support during the acceptance testing and technical verification of the systems, up to the activation of the infrastructure and its handing over to the final Operator.

The HS/HC Lines

Due to the mountainous and upland terrain and hydrological features of the surrounding land, the creation of the new lines has been an arduous task. They have been designed to cater for mixed train traffic (which is why have the double name of HS/HC) including passenger and freight cars both for long and short distances.

The European Corridors

A part of the main corridors of the TEN-T (Trans European Network-Transport), the high speed Italian lines are pivotal for boosting the accessibility, centrality and integration of Italy and its manufacturing and logical system in Europe.