New fast rail important for north Italian connections.
On Sunday 11 December when the high-speed Milan-Brescia line is opened passenger and freight trains travelling at up to 300 kph will cut the travel time between Milan and Brescia by 30 per cent, with a preliminary time of only 36 minutes. This will be reduced to 30 minutes as soon as the rearrangement of platforms at Brescia Centrale is completed.
By the end of this year, work is planned to start on a further section of the corridor, linking Brescia (and thus Milan) eastwards to Verona, Vicenza and Padua towards Venice and Trieste and eventually on to Austria and onwards.
When in place this will provide another link in the Mediterranean Core Corridor linking the Iberian peninsula to Kiev via Milan.
Westwards, the high-speed line is already in place between Milan and Turin, with a travel time of just over one hour and a half. From there, work on the TAV track to Lyon in France is proceeding despite opposition from environmentalists.
Infrastructure minister Graziano Delrio last week rode on the successful final trial run of the new Milan-Brescia line, together with CEOs of Ferrovie Italiane and Rete Ferroviaria, the company operating the tracks, and confirmed the green light for the service, to be introduced in December with the new winter timetable.