Italy has received EUR 114 million European financing, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to build a new 15.5 km new double-track section between Naples’ Central station and the city of Cancello. The section will extend across the Casoria, Casalnuovo, Afragola, Caivano and Acerra areas. Naples-Cancello is part of the Naples-Bari mainline, a crucial transport link for Southern Italy’s economic growth and regional development.
The modernisation of the Naples-Cancello section will better link suburban and regional rail networks with the high-speed system in the Naples metropolitan area and northern regions.
“Investing in better rail connections in Southern Italy means investing in the real economy of the region as it will directly benefit local businesses and tourism and improve territorial cohesion in the country. And of course, inhabitants will enjoy more comfortable travel conditions and, ultimately, better air quality in the region,” Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said.
In 2017, a consortium comprising Salini Impregilo and Astaldi has won a EUR 397 million contract for the design and construction of the Naples – Cancello section.
The section between Naples and Cancello will bring rail service to the new Napoli Afragola station, which will act as the point of transfer between regional and high-speed services, improving access to rail service in Naples. The project also includes the construction of the Acerra station and two urban stations (Casalnuovo and Centro Commerciale). The section will extend for about 15.5 km across the Casoria, Casalnuovo, Afragola, Caivano and Acerra areas.
Commissioned by Italferr, the project is scheduled for completion by 2022.