THE Higher Council of Public Works within the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT) has approved funding for sections of the Salerno - Reggio Calabria and Palermo - Catania high-speed lines.

The council has approved the technical and economic feasibility of the first 33km between Battipaglia and Romagnano on the Salerno - Reggio Calabria line. The line is expected to cost €2.7bn, and will be financed through the Italy’s National Plan for Recovery and Resilience (PNRR).

The council has also approved the final lot for the Fiumetorto - Lercara Diramazione section of the Palermo - Catania high-speed line, worth €1.8bn.

Both projects are part of the Scandinavia-Mediterranean Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Corridor linking Palermo with Helsinki.

The tenders for the two projects will be published by the end of the year.

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