This project foresees the expansion of the Palermo-Catania-Messina connection, guaranteeing:
- For the Messina-Catania line – an electrified double track connection between Fiumefreddo-Giampielieri;
- For the Palermo-Catania line – stretches of double track between Bicocca-Catenanuova and between Fiumetorto-Lercata, along with sections of single-track side-by-side with the historic line between Lercara-Catenanuova then, in a second phase, a large part of the single-track sections shall be upgraded to electrified double track;
- Fixing up the Catania Junction.
Overall, the interventions ensure compliance with interoperability requirements and the speeding up of the Messina-Catania-Palermo route.
The entire project will allow a significant increase in the competitiveness of rail passenger transport, meeting mobility needs in terms of reduced journey times, regularity and frequency.
Filippo Palazzo was appointed Extraordinary Governmental Commissioner for completion of the works.