Palermo-Catania Railway Line. Bicocca-Catenanuova Section

High Speed Railways

Start of works

January 2019

Progress status


Data updated to September 2021

Catenanuova, Italy
SDG Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile
Climate action Climate action
Industry innovation and infrastructure Industry innovation and infrastructure

Transfers in less than two hours and a new station on the Palermo-Catania line

The project concerns the Palermo-Catania railway line. In particular, it doubles one of its sections, which is 38 kilometers in length, on the Bicocca-Catenanuova railway section.

Trains running on this stretch today cannot exceed speeds of 90 km/h (55 mph) and are obliged to stop to let others pass because of the single track. Doubling the tracks will enable the trains to reach speeds of 200 km/h (124 mph).

Like other ongoing sustainable mobility projects, the work is part of the broader European corridors TEN-T (Transport European Network) project. The plan aims at improving rail transport competitiveness, also by increasing rail freight transport. It also wishes to connect the South-Eastern railway network to high speed and high capacity railway lines.

Works concern the new railway site, the reinforcement, the signaling and telecommunication systems and the electrical substations for powering the trains. The Bicocca station will be upgraded. A new one will be built in Motta Sant’Anastasia.

Already at the end of 2020, route travel times will be shorter than current ones, as the first track will be speed-enhanced: Trains will reach a maximum speed of 200km/h.  Once works are completed, travelling from Catania to Palermo will take less than two hours.

Technical data

Section of the railway line (km)


Railway viaducts


Rail embankments


Supply Chain: 193 companies with Webuild, to bring high-speed trains to Sicily

A flower of productive excellence that for 58% of the total are from Sicily, followed by Lombardy and Veneto. Companies but also university institutions.

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Advantages and benefits of the work

Reduction of travel times


Passengers expected per year


C02 emissions avoided per year

13,400 t