Webuild was identified as the best bidder for the design and construction of Orsara – Hirpinia rail section on the Napoli – Bari high-speed line worth EUR 1.032 billion.
The works, which will be managed by Webuild for Rete Ferroviaria Italiana once they are awarded, will be done by a consortium in which the Group is leader, with a 70 per cent stake, together with partner Pizzarotti which owns 30 per cent of the consortium. The new result follows the recent awarding of another section of 11.8 km of the same line between Orsara and Bovino for a value of EUR 367.2 million.
The new Orsara – Hirpinia section will be about 28 km – long and run mostly in a tunnel for about 27 km.
After the works will be completed, the trains will be able to reach 250 km/h apart from when they are at the open extremities where they will reach 200 km/h.
The Naples-Bari high-speed railway will be a strategic axis in the development of sustainable mobility in southern Italy. It will reduce by about half the time it takes to travel between Naples and Bari to just 2 hours. It will also bring northern and southern Italy closer together, bringing the travel time between Milan and Bari down to six hours. Its construction will support the economy and create jobs in the region.
The two other sections of the railway on which Webuild is already working are Naples – Cancello and Apice – Hirpinia which employ more than 2,200 people, directly and indirectly, and involve a supply chain of approximately 400 businesses, mostly Italian.
The contract for the Orsara – Hirpinia rail section is part of the upgrading of the railway between Naples and Bari to prepare it to become part of the fifth corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) that would run between Helsinki and Valetta.
The railway project has been identified as a priority under the government’s so-called Sblocca Italia (Unlock Italy) decree that is assigning investments to strategic infrastructure.