Rete Ferroviaria Italiana published the call for tender for the final design and execution of the section of the line between Fortezza and Ponte Gardena.
It covers around 22.5 kilometres of new railway line. The line travels through two twin-tube tunnels, Scaleres and Gardena, which are 15.4 and 6.3 kilometres long respectively and are connected by a bridge over the Eisack River.
The cost of the work, including execution planning, is over 1.15 billion euros, while the total investment is 1.52 billion, financed by the master plan agreed by RFI and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.
The new Fortezza-Ponte Gardena line is the natural continuation of the Brenner Base Tunnel, and adds to the general strengthening of the Verona-Munich axis as part of the TEN-T Scandinavia-Mediterranean European railway freight corridor.
The section will come into use at the same time as the Brenner Base Tunnel is opened.