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Work to resume on Turin-Lyon HSR line

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

Italy Infrastructure Minister Altero Matteoli said Friday work on a controversial high speed rail line linking the city of Turin with Lyon, France, would resume late this year, most likely in December.

Construction on the Italian portion of the route was halted by protests before and after the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006. Some regional residents protested HSR’s potential impact, and also objected to planned tunnel construction along the route, claiming such work would release harmful materials such as asbestos and uranium.

The Turin-Lyon route is one of several in the European Union’soverall effort to unite the continent with high speed rail links stretching from Lisbon, Portugal, to Kiev, Ukraine.