Gallery: Italy Plans to Push Ahead with High-Speed Train Line Under the...


Plans to build a high-speed train line from the Turin, in Northern Italy, under the Alps to the French city of Lyon have been a source of bitter contention between local residents, environmental activists and successive Italian governments for over 20 years. Now the Treno Alta Velocità, or TAV’s development looks set to move forward under new impetus from Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who reportedly maintains a strongly held belief that the line is vital to the area’s economic rejuvenation, in spite of opponents’ fears that the railway will damage the mountain ecosystem and pose health concerns as drilling would release asbestos and uranium currently held within the rock.

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