ITALY: Prequalification bids have been invited by May 15 for a €1·6bn turnkey contract which would also include the supply of driverless trainsets.
The 12·9 km line with 13 stations is intended to link Napoli Afragola station on the Roma – Napoli high speed line with Piazza Cavour in the city centre, where interchange would be provided to metro lines 1 and 2. Line 10 would also serve the main line station at Casoria-Afragola.
A second interchange to Line 1 would be provided at Di Vittorio. Line 1 is currently being extended to form a circular route, connecting the existing termini at Piscinola Scampia and Piazza Garibaldi.
The national government allocated €795m last May towards the construction of Line 10. This was followed on December 1 by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Campania region and the Napoli municipality of Napoli, at which time it was agreed that Line 10 should be run by the regionally-owned operator.
Meanwhile, EAV has called tenders for the design and construction of a 5 km connection between Afragola high speed station and Volla station on the Circumvesuviana line, as well as a link between the Napoli – San Giorgio and Napoli – Sorrento lines. These projects have a budget of €150m to be financed from the EU’s Development & Cohesion Fund.