Customer: Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), a limited company (SpA) wholly owned by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, responsible for managing the infrastructure of the National Railways.
Opportunity: Work was needed to improve passenger traffic and upgrade the Genoa node, ahead of the link with Rotterdam envisaged by the project for the Genoa – Rotterdam European corridor.
The project SITE is responsible for work that, for RFI, represents a “strategic project for Liguria and the entire country”, being the expansion and technological improvement of the Genoa railway node.
The objective of the infrastructure and technological work is to separate metropolitan and regional traffic from the medium/long-distance and freight traffic. Travellers will enjoy an enhanced and reorganised service along the coast and in Val Polcevera, while the work on freight traffic will crucial for making Genoa and its port suitable as one of the two hubs on European corridor 24 “Bridge between two seas”, linking the city in Liguria with the port of Rotterdam.
Working on safety and signalling, the technological contribution made by SITE will be second only to that made by Ansaldo STS. The task is particularly delicate, with an impact on the functioning of the entire node. Activities include the upgrade of 6 ACEIs (central electrically-controlled shunting/routing installations), with thousands of relays in each installation, to take account of the new operating conditions; in addition, a new ACEI will be installed and everything will be fully interfaced with the innovative new systems installed by Ansaldo.
Advantages: This technological upgrade will benefit regional and commuter traffic considerably, by separating it from medium/long-distance and freight traffic. The implementation of innovative technologies ensures that services will be more regular, improves maintenance and reduces the cost of infrastructure usage.