ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a €428m contract to a consortium of Rizzani De Eccher, Manelli Impresa and Sacaim to construct an 8 km double-track line to serve Venezia’s Marco Polo Airport.

The branch will diverge from the existing Venezia Mestre – Trieste main line via junctions giving access from both directions. It will then follow the alignment of the airport access motorway. The last 3·4 km section into the airport will be in tunnel, including a station under the main terminal.

A single-track turnback is to be built running beyond the terminal back to the surface. This will be used to reduce station dwell times and maximise throughput on the branch. The airport is expected to be served by both regional and high speed services.

The project is being co-financed from the European Union’s Recovery and Resilience Fund, and forms part of FS Group’s wider aim to develop rail access to principal airports.

On December 2 RFI called tenders to build a 6 km link to Brindisi Salento Airport, while a 5·3 km double-track line to serve Orio al Serio airport from Bergamo was approved on November 30.