ITALY: The Cultural Heritage Ministry’s body responsible for protecting the area around Roma’s Colosseum has approved the construction of a catenary-free tram line on Via dei Fori Imperiali.

The long-planned link would connect the Farini terminus of routes 5 and 14 with the Piazza Venezia terminus of Route 8. The first stage, currently in the final planning phase, would extend routes 5 and 14 along Via Cavour to Largo Corrado Ricci.

The second stage would run northwest along Via dei Fori Imperiali to Piazza Venezia. Work for both phases is expected to take two to three years.

As well as introducing catenary-free trams to the city, the project could include the removal of cars from some of the roads where the new tram route would run.