President of Venice Airport Company (SAVE) Enrico Marchi and CEO of Italian Railway Network (RFI) Maurizio Gentile have signed a memorandum of understanding to plan, finance, and schedule a new railway link project that will connect Venice Marco Polo International Airport with Venice – Trieste line.
The agreement also includes plans to construct a new railway station at Venice Airport. The feasibility plans for the airport rail link were developed by RFI and include Environmental Impact Study and the Plan of Land Use.
The project will now enter the detailed design phase, and €14m has been set aside for this purpose through the 2015 update of the 2012-2016 Programme of Investment Agreement between the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and RFI.
The project will also be submitted for the EU funding through the Connecting Europe Facility.
The MoU sets the timetable to conclude the final design by December 2016, the process of Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning approval by 2017 and the final design by 2018.
Estimated completion date is set for December 2023, with operation start planned for June 2024.
“Today’s agreement marks the beginning of a new era for Venice Airport and a phase on concrete actions after years of uncertainty,” said Enrico Marchi, CEO of SAVE.
“The final design of the new rail link to Venice Marco Polo International Airport is part of a wider plan by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport to connect busiest Italian airports with the national railway network,” said Maurizio Gentile, CEO of RFI.
“In addition of encouraging modal interchange, the new air-rail link will guarantee direct and fast connections to Venice, Trieste and the whole Triveneto area which will have a significant benefit for economy and local tourism.”
The 2015 update of the 2012-2016 Programme of Investment Agreement also includes the design of new rail links to Bergamo and Genoa airports and the construction of a new railway station at the Catania Fontanarossa Airport.