Italian-based Astaldi has signed a €397 million contract with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group to build the Naples to Cancello lot of the new Naples to Bari high-speed railway line in Italy.

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This marks the beginning of construction activities, which will be carried out in a joint venture with Salini Impregilo. Astaldi holds a 40% share of the project, while Salini Impregilo has 60%.

The Naples to Bari route is part of the Scandinavia to Mediterranean Corridor of the Trans-European Network (TEN-T) – a planned infrastructure of road, rail, air and water transport links across the European Union. It is being developed with the aim of improving the competitiveness of rail transport, integrating the south to east railway network into the high-speed service, and increasing the proportion of goods transported by rail.

It is also a key part of a broader scheme within Italy to upgrade railway lines across the country.

The 15.5km section between Naples and Cancello – which will cross the Casoria, Casalnuovo, Afragola, Caivano and Acerra areas – will bring rail service to the new Napoli Afragola station. It was said that this would act as the point of transfer between regional and high-speed services, improving access to rail service in Naples.

The project will also include the construction of the Acerra station and two urban stations – Casalnuovo and Centro Commerciale.

The line is scheduled to be completed by 2022.

Astaldi has also been awarded a €73 million contract to build the New Southeast Bari Area Hospital in Monopoli-Fasano, Italy.

The project will be carried out by a consortium, of which Astaldi has a 70% share, and it will include all the civil works and systems in a new healthcare facility in the region of Puglia. The hospital will provide 299 beds and nine operating rooms over a total floor space of 178,000m2.

Works are expected to take about three years to be completed.

With regard to another Italian project in which Astaldi is involved, the Italian government’s Interministerial Economic Programming Committee has approved the final design of the Verona to Vicenza Junction of the Verona to Vicenza to Padua high-speed and high-capacity line. This means that Astaldi will be able to start work on the project in the first half of 2018.

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