\r\nThe contract for the Bicocca - Catenanuova section was awarded to a consortium of Salini Impregilo, Astaldi, Sifel and CLF. The project is part of the Palermo - Catania - Messina fast connection plan and is the first in Sicily to be implemented under the Unblock Italy decree.\r\n \r\nThe work includes increasing the maximum line speed to 200km\/h and covers improvements to track, signalling and telecommunications, electricity sub-stations and Bicocca station, and construction of the new station at Motta Sant\u2019Anastasia. The first 200km\/h track will be ready in 2020 and the project will be completed in 2022.\r\n\u201cThe Bicocca - Catenanuova project constitutes a fundamental step to improve rail connections in Sicily and to connect it to the European TEN-T Corridor network,\u201d says RFI\u2019s CEO Mr Maurizio Gentile. \u201cThe first benefits in terms of travel time reduction will begin to be seen in 2020. By the end of 2025 - thanks to the other works envisaged - it will be possible to travel from Catania to Palermo in less than two hours.\u201d The current fastest journey time for the 243km trip is 2h 47min.For more information on global rail projects, subscribe to IRJ Pro.