The tunnel is designed to accommodate the Milan-Rome line through the northern part of Florence, serving a dedicated high-speed station at Belfiore

The construction works of a 7-kilometer, double-bore tunnel to facilitate high-speed north-south traffic beneath Florence were officially inaugurated on May 15, with the launch of the first tunnel boring machine near Campo di Marte station, as reported by the railway portal Railway Supply, citing Railway Gazette.

The construction will separate high-speed trains from conventional lines, freeing up capacity on the surface tracks leading to the final destination of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, and eliminating the need for reverse movements of through trains.

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It is expected that in the coming weeks, tunnel works will be operating at full capacity in parallel with the construction and equipping of the new station.

Running at an average depth of 20 meters, the tunnel will start from Campo di Marte to the east of the city and connect to the existing line on Viale XI Agosto between Castello and Rifredi stations in the north.

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