Use the Recovery Plan funds to rebuild a modern railway between Agrigento and Trapani. The appeal comes from Municipalities, Bodies and Associations. The signatory bodies and associations of this public letter ask MIT and the Sicilian Region to include the proposed design and construction of a new and modern railway between Agrigento and Trapani within the National Plan for Rebirth and Resilience and using the measures provided for by the Recovery Plan or, in any case, to plan its reconstruction.
“The provinces of Agrigento and Trapani – the letter reads – are the only two in Italy that are not connected to each other by the railway network. Until 1985 a narrow gauge line was active that connected the two centers, which was suspended with the promise, by the competent authorities, of its transformation to normal gauge. Reconstruction, unfortunately, never carried out, indeed: with the ministerial decree n. 08T of 14 March 2004 issued by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, the old railway was definitively abolished and, even today, it is in the process of being sold.
Furthermore, considering that the latest European directives on transport indicate that by 2030, 30% of road transport to pass by rail, Sicily and in particular the provinces of Agrigento and Trapani cannot miss this opportunity for economic and tourist development . “
The mayors, bodies and signatory associations propose “the construction of a new ordinary gauge railway line that connects the centers of Agrigento, Realmonte / Siculiana, Montallegro / Cattolica, Ribera, Sciacca and Menfi with Castelvetrano and therefore the city of Trapani, following a coastal path and reusing, where possible, portions of existing railway infrastructures, especially the tunnels, in order to reduce the costs of the work and recover works of art now abandoned to decay. “The associations also ask the Deputations of Agrigento and Trapani to interpret the request coming from the territory and promote all the necessary actions for its acceptance.
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