The Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility visits the construction sites of the HS/HC Verona-Padua line

On behalf of Italferr, the Head of the North West Infrastructure Area, the Project Manager of the Intervention and the entire Health & Safety and Works Supervision unit were present

On 13 May, the Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, Senator Matteo Salvini, visited the construction sites of the new High-Speed/High-Capacity Verona - Padua line

The visit was also attended by the CEO of RFI, several mayors from the eastern Veronese territory, the vice-president of the Veneto region, the councillor of Veronaltre, and the Italferr team, the engineering company of the FS Group's Infrastructure hub, which is in the forefront on complex contracts such as high-speed train projects.

Within the project’s group, made up of 50 resources, Italferr's Works Supervision unit, consisting of a total of 37 people, is divided into three dedicated teams, two for following the civil engineering works and reinforcement activities (Verona side and Vicenza side) and one transversal team to deal with all technological activities.

The construction project, which will extend for 76.5 km through 21 municipalities (8 in the province of Verona, 9 in the province of Vicenza and 4 in the province of Padua), is divided into several Lots:

  • 1st functional lot → Verona–Vicenza fork
  • 2nd functional lot → Vicenza pass-through
  • 3rd functional lot → Vicenza–Padua

The amount for the entire project is well in excess of EUR 6 billion and the 1st functional lot is currently at an advanced stage of construction, which, being a NRRP objective, must be completed by 2026.

After a brief illustration presented to the minister regarding the progress of the Verona - Vicenza fork section using infographic panels, drone video projections and plans, focus was placed on the San Martino Buon Albergo tunnel that will allow the route of the new railway line to underpass the city and the motorway.

"We are perfectly on schedule. By the end of the year, this two-kilometre tunnel that will run under the Verona Est motorway tollgate will be completed and will join the high-speed railway line, and thus Verona will 'see' Vicenza," was the Minister’s comment.

The project is of strategic importance at both national and European level, being one of the elements of the Mediterranean Core Corridor that will connect the ports of the south of the Iberian Peninsula to Eastern Europe.

The new line will increase the offer of transport, improve the separation of traffic flows, increase service regularity and reduce travel times.

The event concluded with the Minister thanking all the workers involved in the field today, pointing out that operations are proceeding on schedule but always keeping safety in mind.