The project involves constructing a new 31.9km line, running inland from the existing coastal route, which due to the mountainous terrain will involve the construction of 25km of tunnels.

The initial construction lot will be worth around €220m and will cover road access, preliminary works, and preparations for tunnelling.

FS says tendering will begin as soon as the Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning (CIPE) has approved both the final design and the neccessary funding.