202

Italian minister insists Alpine train tunnel not derailed

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, a view of the Italian entrance of the 1871 Frejus tunnel on the conventional railway between Italy and France in Bardonecchia, Italy. The leader of one of Italy’s ruling parties says construction of a high-speed rail tunnel through the Alps is on track for completion but the project might be modified. Matteo Salvini told Radio Radicale on Friday, Feb. 22 the government’s goal is to finish building the tunnel, part of an EU project to link Spain and eastern Europe. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)

ROME (AP) — The leader of one of Italy’s ruling parties says a high-speed rail tunnel through the Alps is on track for completion but the project might be modified.

Matteo Salvini’s right-wing League party supports the Turin-Lyon High-Speed Train link. Salvini told Radio Radicale on Friday that the government’s goal is to finish building the tunnel, a key part of a European Union project linking southern Spain with eastern Europe.

League supporters, especially business owners in northern Italy, consider the train tunnel vital to staying competitive.

The League’s governing coalition partner, the 5-Star Movement, promised supporters before last year’s election it would stop the tunnel from being completed.

The project has been a source of government in-fighting. Salvini told Radio Radicale some features, such as a train station, could be eliminated.

Copyright © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.