The approval means construction can begin at the end of this year or early next year. Cipe has set a spending limit of €1.89bn for the first construction lot.

The new line from Mazzano near Brescia to Verona will be 73km long with two connections to the conventional network totalling 7km. The line will be equipped with 25kV ac electrification and ETCS Level 2. Key engineering features include a 7.4km tunnel at Lonato del Garda.

In December 2014 Italian Railway Network (RFI) awarded the Cepav consortium a €768m contract to carry out civil works on the line. Cepav comprises Saipem (52%), Società Italiana Condotte d'Acqua (12%), G Maltauro (12%), and Pizzarotti (24%).

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