Terzo Valico dei Giovi

The Pozzolo-Rivalta Scrivia section activated

The 1st of September 2021 saw the opening to railway traffic of the Pozzolo-Rivalta Scrivia section, including the work related to Phase 3 of the upgrading as per the General Redevelopment Plan for the Rivalta Scrivia yard, all projects part of the construction of the "Terzo Valico dei Giovi" HS/HC line.

The activation of Phase 3 is part of a more ample project that, in further phases, will lead to the reconstruction of the entire Pozzolo-Tortona section all the way to the junction onto the new HS/HC line on the historical Alessandria-Tortona section.

To achieve the current activation, many works were concluded on civil engineering structures, superstructures, ET and technological systems, including:

  • renovation and reconstruction of the railway section between Pozzolo and Rivalta Scrivia (approx. 6 km);
  • configuration and commissioning of 2 technological buildings and activation of the new ACC (Computerized Central Interlocking) system of Rivalta Scrivia;
  • upgrading to “Modulo 750” (modulus 750) of the Rivalta Scrivia yard (Phase 3) with the activation of tracks 4 and 5.

The construction of the structures and systems pertaining to Phase 1 of the ‘Bivio Polcevera’ project, i.e. the separation point between the Succursale dei Giovi line and the Genova-Ovada line, was also completed on Sunday, 29 August 2021. The completion of Phase 1 is the first step towards the quadruplication of the tracks on the Voltri–Sampierdarena section involving the stepped upgrading of the ‘Bivio Polcevera’ fork.

The works for both projects have been carried out by the business combine Consorzio Cociv (led by Webuild) and featured the Works Supervision and Health & Safety Supervision conducted by Italferr S.p.A., commissioned by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana.


‘Terzo Valico dei Giovi’ is currently part of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor belonging to the strategic TEN-T core network that interconnects the most densely populated and most industrialized regions of Europe.

The Corridor envisages the upgrading of the Genova-Basil-Rotterdam/Antwerp railway axis and is aimed at connecting in an efficient and environmentally sustainable manner the Mediterranean with the North Sea and the ports of the Southern Range with those of the Northern Range.

The goal of the European Union, coherently with the strategy of privileging environmentally sustainable methods of transport, is to shift, over average distances and over the medium term, 30% of freight traffic from road to rail, and over the long term to achieve a 50% share of railway-transported freight, to the advantage of the environment, of safety and of the economy.

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