The new interconnection between the underground HS station of Bologna Centrale and the Bologna-Venice main line is officially opened

Improving train traffic flow and regularity and enhancing opportunities for passenger and freight services.

The completed interconnection was presented by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Graziano Delrio, together with the CEO and GM of Italferr Carlo Carganico, and the CEO and GM of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) Maurizio Gentile, at the opening ceremony in Bologna, on 11 December 2017. Also attending were Raffaele Donini, Head of the Department for Mobility and Transport of the Region of Emilia Romagna, Elisa De Berti, Head of the Department of Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport of the Region of Veneto, and Virginio Merola, Mayor of Bologna.

The new infrastructure – built by RFI, under the Works Supervision of Italferr – marks the completion of the Bologna Rail Hub, a fundamental modal interchange point within the national and European rail systems, and the first in Italy in which services operating to and from the HS lines is almost entirely separate from conventional rail services.
The Railway Link to Venice is 5.5 km long and double track for its entire length. It consists of two separate artificial tunnels (one for northbound and the other for southbound services), an underpass for avoiding any interference with the freight bypass railway, and a triple-span bridge across the A14 Motorway and the Bologna bypass road.

Mr. Carganico, CEO, was happy to thank the Italferr team for its important achievement: “our Company has been engaged for over 15 years now in this strategic area of the country, from the launching of High Speed services to the completion of the underground through line and HS station, to which, today, we can add a further important goal. The new interconnection, in fact, will improve the regularity of train services and local mobility”. He concludes with a confident hope: “we will be facing many challenges in the future, also thanks to the rail development programme that has been launched with great resolve and enthusiasm in recent years, and I am sure that our multidisciplinary and international engineering competence will enable us to provide an important contribution, with the entire FS Group, to strengthen the Italian rail network”.