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Consortium chosen for Lyon-Turin tunneling work


A consortium of European engineering firms has won a major contract to deliver project management services for access tunnels on the proposed Lyon-Turin rail link.

The S2P consortium includes French firms SYSTRA and Setec, Italy’s Italfrerr and Pini Swiss Emgineers will be responsible for the management of two parallel single track tunnels, measuring 22.1km between Saint-Martin-La-Porte and La Praz in the French Alps.

The 270km railway, being delivered by Franco-Italian company Tunnel Euralpin Lyon-Turin (TELT), is one of the largest rail projects in Europe.

 The tunnel section of the line, due to open in 2030, will be 57.5km long and like the international stations of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and Suse. It will more than half the current journey time between Lyon and Turin from three hours 43 minutes to just 107 minutes. It is expected to carry up to 4.5m passengers a year.

SYSTRA has worked on the TELT project since 2002, delivering studies, preparatory work and project management. It currently holds three other major contracts on the scheme.

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