Webuild Selected as Best Bidder for Brenner Rail Extension Project

Webuild Group has been selected as the best bidder to design and build a 22.5km railway line from the Brenner Base Tunnel between Fortezza and Ponte Gardena. The project is to cost 1.07 billion euros.

The commissioning party is Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A. (RFI). Webuild will lead the executing consortium with a majority stake of 51 percent. Its consortium partner will be Implenia. The railway extension at the southern end of the Brenner Base Tunnel along the Munich-Verona railway axis will run mostly underground. The project will also include underground interconnections and further works at Ponte Gardena.

A further aspect of the project is that it would improve the existing Munich-Verona line by utilising standards that exceed the speed and performance limits of the current line. These force trains to travel at slower speeds, particularly on inclines.

Webuild is already involved in three major construction sites for the Brenner Base Tunnel. They include Mules 2–3, the main section on the Italian side, which will feature 75km of tunnels; the Tulfes-Pfons lot, which involves underground civil works for 38km of tunnels; and the underground crossing of the Isarco River near the southern exit before Fortezza station.

The Brenner Base Tunnel will measure a total of 64km, making it the longest railway tunnel in the world, beating the current longest railway tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, by almost 7km. The Brenner Base Tunnel will form a key part of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor on the Trans-European Network (TEN-T). The tunnel, which will connect Austria and Italy, is scheduled to open in 2028.

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