The “pause” announced in the Lyon-Turin provokes reactions on the Italian side

Since the minister of Transport has confirmed, on July 19, 2017, the “break” of the rail link Lyon-Turin”, reactions to the rise, notably in Italy. His last visit to Rome, this Friday is also a cause for misunderstandings.
Ever since its announcement, on July 19, 2017, before the parliamentarians, confirming “the break of the Lyon-Turin”, a project of high-speed line, the remarks of the minister of Transport, Elizabeth Terminal, provoke reactions, in particular in Italy.
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This confirmation of the “break” of this large project has just been mentioned on Friday 28 July by the French minister to the race of a visit to Rome with his counterpart, Graziano Delrio. The latter asked the French State for further clarification.


Interviewed by the newspaper, The World, on July 28, 2017, Mario Virano, director-general of Tunnel euralpin Lyon-Turin (TELT), the operator of the franco-Italian responsible for the realization and management of infrastructure, points out that“it is legitimate for a Government formed by a new political majority has to take the time to make the point on a folder is inherited from the governments which have preceded it.”


A treaty signed between France and Italy, and ratified by the national parliaments
However, the Italian leader says that’“he did not imagine that this ‘break’ is a questioning of the decision to build this tunnel, while there was a treaty between the two countries, ratified by the national parliaments.” The leader of the TELT, this downtime could not relate to that part of the access French tunnel international.


Moreover, Stéphane Guggino, general delegate of the Committee for the Transalpine, bringing together supporters of the project reacted recalls, on July 28, 2017, in Les Echos, that “the existence of an international treaty ratified by the parliaments of the two countries, and the significant budgets promised by Brussels, makes it very unlikely that a long term halt.”


“It is no longer a project but a project, he commented in the same newspaper. Almost 1.5 billion euros have already been spent, 20 miles of tunnels have already been dug and, in France, 400 people are already working on the tunnel.”


Before concluding : “For the moment, the funding is seen year after year, “explains Stéphane Guggino. Go into a law on the programming of multi-year funding would secure the project over the long term.” In order also to reassure the european Commission, which also requires clarification on this matter.


81 markets of civil engineering launched in Lyon on June 21, 2017


Remember that after the long marathon legislative branches of the Lyon-Turin link, which was completed in January 2017 for the completion of the tunnel of 57 km connecting Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (Savoie) and Susa (Italy), 81 markets of civil engineering were launched on 21 June 2017 at the Hotel de Region of Auvergne, Rhône-Alpes, in Lyon. They represent a total amount of 5.5 billion euros.


In detail, these 81 calls for tenders are spread over 12 sites : 9 for the work divided into geographical zones (as between the connections to the historic lines in France and Italy) and three for the related activities (recycling of materials, excavation, safety, facilities and equipment), we had assigned a spokesperson to TELT the June 20, 2017.
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More specifically, 45 markets relate to the civil engineering divided into four sections (up to € 5 million, between 5 and 500 million euros between 500 million euros and 1.3 billion euros) and 36 for the master’s work.


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