Investing in infrastructure and in sustainable mobility is one of the mantras that the budget law 2022, making available 36.1 billion euros in the competence of Mims, the Ministry of infrastructures and sustainable mobility which will join those provided for by the PNRR to guarantee the continuity of investments until 2036.
Going into detail, the investments envisaged by the Budget Law they are mainly oriented:
- the development of sustainable mobility and decarbonisation the transport system, in line with the objectives and measures of the European “Fit for 55” package (€ 2 billion);
- the strengthening of railway infrastructures, rapid mass transport and local mobility (€ 20.6 billion);
- the maintenance and construction of road infrastructures, bridges and viaducts (10.8 billion euros);
- the strengthening of water infrastructures and the completion of public works (€ 0.7 billion);
- to the realization of works necessary for large events international events hosted in our country, in particular the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympics and the 2025 Jubilee (1.7 billion euros);
- to the strengthening of the naval fleet engaged in rescue activities and the digitization of Mims to improve services to citizens, businesses and public administrations (€ 0.3 billion).
From railways to water infrastructures to major events
How will these investments translate? Starting from the sustainable mobility strategy, one of the main innovations of the Budget Law is the creation of the “Fund for sustainable mobility strategy”Endowed with 2 billion euros, which will finance initiatives for the transformation of the transport system in the context of the fight against climate change and the reduction of climate-altering emissions.
In particular, the interventions that will be able to draw on the resources of the Fund will go from renewal of the bus fleet of local public transport, to the purchase of hydrogen trains on non-electrified railway lines, to the construction of cycle paths, to the development of the intermodal freight transport, to the adoption of alternative fuels for the supply of ships and airplanes, for the renewal of vehicles used for road transport, etc.
Focus also on the investments in railway infrastructures which represent one of the crucial factors of the ten-year transformation strategy of the country’s mobility described in the Infrastructure Annex to the DEF.
To the over 36 billion euros allocated to the sector by the PNRR and PNC, the Budget Law adds a total of 15.9 billion euros to strengthen the Adriatic line, to finance the RFI Program Contracts for new works, including those commissioned, and the extraordinary maintenance of the national network.
The 2021 Budget Law dedicated 10.8 billion euros to road infrastructures and maintenance of roads, bridges and viaducts upgrading and maintenance of road infrastructures. For the first time in many years, the Regions will receive funds for the upgrading of the roads under their responsibility, while 50 million euros are dedicated to the roads in the internal areas connecting with the main routes and urban centers and 1.4 billion euros. euros are allocated to the A24 and A25 motorways and to the regional road infrastructures, with particular reference to the Tirrenica motorway, in order to improve the mobility of the regions concerned (Lazio, Tuscany and Liguria), and to the construction of the Cispadana motorway.
In addition, 3.7 billion euros are earmarked for the development of subways in large urban areas (Turin, Genoa, Milan, Rome and Naples). Water infrastructures and public works also enter as protagonists in the Budget Law which provides for 440 million euros from 2022 to 2027 for the implementation of the “reservoir plan” based on projects already available, further strengthening the unprecedented commitment (3 billion euro) for the improvement of water infrastructures envisaged by the PNRR.
Finally i major international events such as the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympics and the 2025 Jubilee whose success will largely depend on the realization of adequate infrastructural investments, which will allow not only to have a positive impact on the territories concerned from an economic point of view and enhancement of its resources, but also to contribute to the promotion of the image of the Italy internationally. The Budget Law identifies 384 million euros of additional investments for the Olympics and 1.3 billion euros for the design and construction of works and interventions functional to the Jubilee.
With reference to the temporal dimension, the resources allocated in the Budget Law will join those of the PNRR until 2026, to ensure the continuity of investments until the year 2036, leveraging new national resources. In particular, 12.3 billion euros are expected from 2022 to 2026, 11.1 billion euros from 2027 to 2030, 12.6 billion euros from 2031 to 2036.
Ponte sull’Stetto, Giovannini: feasibility study on the way
The Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, Enrico Giovannini, stated that dei 61 billion made available from PNRR and from the complementary plan, 99% have been allocated.
“The allocation of resources in 2021 – he explained to Radio Anch’io as reported by Radiocor – will allow contracting stations to start work in 2022”.
In relation then to the Bridge over the Strait of Messina, the minister said that the feasibility study on the construction of the bridge will consider three hypothesis.
That of the 10-year single-span project that should be reviewed, the one with more spans, less impacting from an environmental point of view and, finally, “the zero option, that is to say not to build the bridge”. Giovannini then explained that the study will evaluate economically whether the hypothesis of entrusting its construction to private individuals in exchange for tolls or whether it should be borne by the state is still current. “This feasibility study – concluded the minister – will be done by RFI through a public tender “.