Naples-Bari high-speed railway. Orsara-Bovino section

New contract
High Speed Railways

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Data updated to September 2021

Orsara-Bovino, Italy
SDG Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile
Climate action Climate action
Industry innovation and infrastructure Industry innovation and infrastructure

The interventions planned to build the Bovino-Orsara section are part of the transport requalification works on the Naples-Bari high-speed axis.
The route of the new section extends for a total length of 11.8 km, with speed ranging between 200 and 250 km/h, mainly developing in tunnels. The intervention involves the execution of works for: doubling the tracks, built along a completely new route with respect to the Historical Line; the Orsara Tunnel (9,871 m long), made up of two single-track tunnels; the temporary connection with the Historical Line (90 km/h speed and total length of 1.08 km) with a double track; the demolition of the corresponding section of the Historical Line.

The initiative, commissioned by RFI, will be carried out by the “Bovino – Orsara” Consortium consisting of Webuild Italia spa-Astaldi spa, now Partecipazioni Italia spa, at 70%, and Pizzarotti & C spa at 30% (consortium principal).


The project represents a further contribution to the development of sustainable mobility in Italy, especially in the South, which the country is pursuing also through the resources of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).
The development of the Naples-Bari high-speed train involves building a double-track railway line, along new routes that make rail transport more competitive than road transport. The new railway axis will improve the integration of the Southeast network with the HS/HC system, with a consequent increase in the offer of the railway service in the whole of Southern Italy.
The realization of the project will have a significant impact on the modernization of infrastructural networks and on employment (allowing the creation of 5,000 direct jobs and of the entire supply chain).