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TAV On Hold Again

Posted 77 days ago | 10.03.19

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TAV On Hold Again

Following political clashes over the multibillion-euro TAV (Treno Alta Velocità) rail link project, the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has put tenders on hold. The project covers  a high-speed railway to France. It has been criticised by Mr Conte's Five Star Movement but is backed by its coalition partner, the League.


The impasse that comes amid diplomatic tensions with France over immigration has raised talk of a government shutdown in Italy.


The TAV is a joint venture between Italy and France aiming to link Turin and Lyon via a 58km tunnel through the Alps. It is expected to halve the travel time between the two cities to just two hours. The tunnel would also make it possible to travel from Paris to Milan in around four hours, down from nearly seven.


The project was launched 20 years ago and part of it has already been dug. It is scheduled for completion in 2025.

Costs were initially expected to be €8.6bn, but Italy's Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli (a Five Star member)  has put the price tag at over €20 billion.


The EU has offered to raise the proportion it would pay for to 50% with Italy and France to find 25% each.




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