Silvio Berlusconi’s gained victory in the Italian general election in April and was given the chance to breathe new life into his long championed project to span the Straits of Messina with a 3.3km (and about £3.8bn) bridge.
A construction consortium led by Italian contractor Impregilo was all set to start building the bridge before Romano Prodi ousted Berlusconi in May 2006 and promptly cancelled the project.
The project was originally given the go ahead by Berlusconi in 2002. A construction consortium was appointed in October 2005 and had been due to start on site in early 2007 before the bridge was scrapped by Prodi in May 2006. He claimed the project was too expensive.
Meanwhile, one year on, Italy’s Infrastructure Ministry has said it is keen to get construction started as soon as possible to get the project back on track.