New Palermo-Catania-Messina High-Capacity Railway Contract for Webuild

The Webuild Group has won another contract in southern Italy that will see it help to double the capacity of the Palermo-Catania-Messina high-capacity railway in Sicily.

The design and build contract for Fiumefreddo-Taormina/Letojanni Functional Lot 1 – a subsection of the Giampilieri-Fiumefreddo section of the railway – is worth approximately 640m euros (766m USD), including safety costs.

Commissioned by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A. (RFI), Webuild will lead the project with a 70 percent stake in the consortium. Its partner will be Pizzarotti, which will hold the remaining 30 percent.

This follows another contract recently won by the group to work on the Second Functional Taormina-Giampilieri Lot. This is valued at 1bn euros (1.19bn USD).

The new contract is for work along 15km of the railway between Messina and Catania, from Fiumefreddo to Taormina/Letojanni. It includes an interconnection at Taormina/Letojanni, the dismantling of installations along the existing line between Fiumefreddo and the link with the historic line.

It will also involve the construction of an underground station at Taormina, an artificial tunnel at Fiumefreddo, three natural tunnels at Calatabiano, Letojanni and Taormina, and two viaducts at Fogliarino torrent and Alcantara viaduct.

The project is part of the Messina-Catania-Palermo railway axis, which is also a component of the Scandinavia- Mediterranean corridor of the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Once completed, travel between Messina and Catania will be approximately 30 minutes faster, facilitating a service similar to a metro line between Catania and Taormina/Letojanni.

The Webuild Group is already working on doubling the capacity of the Bicocca-Catenanuova section of the Palermo-Catania railway, which will allow trains to go at speeds of up to 200km per hour between Sicily’s two main cities.

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